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5 Lesser-Known Threats to the Fragile Arctic Ocean

Posted by Emily Buchanan — 15 April 2016 at 5:44pm - Comments
All rights reserved. Credit: Eve Lloyd Knight
Eve Lloyd Knight

You probably know that climate change is melting Arctic ice with astonishing speed. While some hear a warning bell, others see a business opportunity and as the ice disappears, oil companies and fishing fleets are moving further north than ever before, keen to exploit the unexplored ocean opening up at the top of the world.

Rare white humpback whale filmed in the Arctic

Posted by Nic S — 20 November 2012 at 7:38pm - Comments

The whale, dubbed "Willow", was caught on camera while breaching the surface with a pod of humpbacks. The extremely rare white humpback was spotted on a boat trip off the coast of Svalbard, Norway, in the pristine waters of the Arctic Circle. Willow resembles the mythical white whale, Moby Dick.

Svalbard remembered

Posted by Stuart Yates — 1 October 2012 at 2:41pm - Comments

Have you ever seen a polar bear up close? Photographer and intrepid Quaker activist, Stuart Yates has. In remembering his trip to Svalbard, he shares a glimpse of what makes the Arctic such a valuable place, worthy of protection.

Frozen in time

Posted by Frida Bengtsson — 26 September 2011 at 3:38pm - Comments
Svea Coal Mine in Svalbard
All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace / Christian Åslund
Svea coal mine in Svalbard

I will never forget Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining town on Svalbard that I visited last year. Walking over green grass unheard of in the Arctic and passing by building complexes that could be the homes of hundreds of people. The feeling that those who lived there had just gone out on a day-trip and would be coming back soon.

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