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Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

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he Christophe de Margerie carried a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong in South Korea in 22 days.

Climate change has thawed Arctic enough for $300m gas tanker to travel at record speed through northern sea route

August 24, 2017 — A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic. Continue reading Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

Climate change a risk to survival of long-lived Norway spruce

rising summer temperatures at lower altitudes in the forests could kill off most of the norway spruce
Conifers in the Urseren valley, Swiss Alps. Rising summer temperatures at lower altitudes in the forests could kill off most of the Norway spruce. Photograph: Alamy

The mainstay of the Swiss forestry industry is in danger of dying out this century because of warmer temperatures

August 17, 2017 — The Swiss, who are more aware of climate change than the average Briton because of their disappearing glaciers and snow cover, are also worried about their trees, particularly the Norway spruce. Continue reading Climate change a risk to survival of long-lived Norway spruce

Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

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A strip of forest separates a eucalyptus plantation from cleared land, 40 miles north of Macapa, Brazil. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Deforestation in the Amazon is increasing amid cuts to protection, putting Norway’s financial aid in jeopardy, says minister

June 22, 2017 — Norway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is not reversed, its billion-dollar financial assistance will fall to zero. The leaders of the two nations meet in Oslo on Friday. Continue reading Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

Multi-million dollar upgrade planned to secure ‘failsafe’ Arctic seed vault

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Work could involve making the entrance tunnel of the vault slope upwards instead of down to prevent water running in. Photograph: Heiko Junge/EPA

Improvements aim to ensure the vault’s role as an impregnable deep freeze for the world’s most precious food seeds after a recent flooding by melting permafrost

June 13, 2017 — The Global Seed Vault, built in the Arctic as an impregnable deep freeze for the world’s most precious food seeds, is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade after water from melting permafrost flooded its access tunnel. Continue reading Multi-million dollar upgrade planned to secure ‘failsafe’ Arctic seed vault

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

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The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters. Photograph: John Mcconnico/AP

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change

May 19, 2017 — It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Continue reading Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

The Guardian view on climate change: bad for the Arctic

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A Sami woman observes the movement of reindeer during selection and calf labelling near the village of Dikanaess in northern Sweden. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Warmer winters may seem good for Arctic animals. In fact they can be deadly

December 30, 2016 — Not even donkeys get a worse deal in popular culture than the reindeer. Rabbits, mice, cats and even bears all have their distorted images in cartoons, but all of them show some Continue reading The Guardian view on climate change: bad for the Arctic

Abu Sayyaf threatens hostages in video warning

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Image by Rappler.com

The trio – from Canada, Norway, and the Philippines – appeal for help from the Philippine and Canadian governments in a video uploaded to YouTube

MANILA, Philippines (May 3, 2016) — The Abu Sayyaf issued a fresh warning on Tuesday, May 3, threatening to harm 3 hostages, just over a week after they beheaded a captive. Continue reading Abu Sayyaf threatens hostages in video warning