Polar regions may be becoming more profitable, but these "benefits" come with far more severe costs.
Warming in the Arctic is more intense than it is in the rest of the world.
More than 600 experts will spend the next year drifting in Arctic waters to gain a better understanding of how climate change is affecting the region and how it can be fought.
A camera catches a huge Greenland shark in eastern Baffin Bay, near Disko Bay, Greenland.
The eastern Arctic and sub-Arctic marine areas of Canada are changing rapidly under climate change.
The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent sails past a iceberg in Lancaster Sound in 2008.
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New shipping opportunities are opening up in the Arctic as sea ice continues to recede. But travel is still dangerous and the region isn't equipped to deal with more vessel traffic.
Since 2005, the Barents Sea has become too warm for sea ice to exist south of the Polar Front.
The captain of a Finnish icebreaker looks out from the bridge as it sails into floating sea ice on the Victoria Strait while traversing the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in July 2017. The waterways of the Arctic are of particular interest to non-Arctic jurisdictions like China and the European Union.
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The recent Arctic Council meeting in Finland shows there's still avid interest in developing the Arctic. Some are arguing the entire region should be considered a 'global commons.'
A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut.
Using baited cameras scientists have captured some of the first underwater video footage of the elusive Greenland shark.
Sea ice in the Arctic.
The link between melting sea ice and extreme weather has been known for a while, but now it's happening further afield.
China’s capacity to participate in Arctic affairs is still weak.
China has been very quiet in negotiations over fisheries regulations for the central Arctic Ocean. Why is the country's behaviour there so dramatically different from what it pursues in Antarctica?
Testing the waters.
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Cold polar water can stop the Arctic sea ice from melting – but what happens if it warms up?
South Africa’s oceans offer numerous economic opportunities, if ocean acidification is dealt with properly.
South Africa has the opportunity to benefit from its ocean economy. But to do that, the country needs to put better policies in place to counter ocean acidification.
There's an ever-increasing demand for more shipping routes and it's taking its toll on the planet.
Despite adjustments to temperature data in the Arctic, the overall global warming trend remains the same.
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Attacks on institutions that keep records of global temperatures, such as NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the UK Met Office, and Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, continue…
It is estimated that a substantial portion of recent global warming in the Arctic is caused by naturally occurring warm “sweet…