Articles

Where Did All the Ice Go? The Media's Coverage of the Greenland Melt Event
Earlier this week the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a press statement describing an unusual melt event in Greenland, where, within a 4-day span, 97 percent of the island's surface ice thawed.
JULY 26, 2012

Norway's Energy Resource Policy and the Future of Bilateral Cooperation in the Barents Sea

The Barents Sea, a region potentially rich in natural resources, has recently entered the global energy stage. The historic agreement between Norway and the Russian Federation on the delimitation of the maritime border in the Barents Sea in 2010 created a favorable environment for increased hydrocarbon exploration and may usher in a new period of cooperation in the Arctic between the two countries.
APRIL 3, 2012

Umka: A Domed City in the Russian Arctic

Plans for the construction of an enclosed ultra-modern city on the New Siberian Island group are taking shape. The Arctic city of Umka, to be located a mere 1,000 miles from the North Pole, will house up to 5,000 residents, primarily soldiers, border guards, scientists, and oil and gas industry workers. The costs of the project are estimated at between $6.4 - $8 billion.
OCTOBER 28, 2011

Canada's New F-35 Stealth Fighter Lacks Ability to Communicate in the Arctic

Canada's future multibillion-dollar stealth fighter may be ill-equipped to communicate from the country's Arctic region. The F-35's radio and satellite equipment may not be suitable to provide reliable communication uplinks in the northern latitudes of the country.
OCTOBER 24, 2011

Canada's National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: New Capabilities for Arctic

The Canadian government recently announced the results of the bidding process to construct vessels for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. Canada plans to spend $33 billion on 28 large combat and non-combat vessels over the next 30 years.
OCTOBER 22, 2011

Canadian Icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent Heading South For Repairs

The flagship of Canada's aging fleet of icebreakers suffered mechanical failure to its center propeller on September 19 and has been anchored off the coast of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut since September 27.
OCTOBER 13, 2011

German Icebreaker "Polarstern" Returns from Arctic

The German research icebreaker "Polarstern" returned from its 26th Arctic expedition and is undergoing routine maintenance in its homeport of Bremerhaven. During its 21,000 km journey the vessel conducted research on the rate of ice melt around the north pole.
OCTOBER 8, 2011

The Future of the Northern Sea Route - A “Golden Waterway” or a Niche Trade Route

With the beginning of fall just two days away, the sun at the North Pole is about to disappear below the horizon for the next six months and the Arctic summer, which saw a new record low ice extent, is coming to a close. For the first time since the beginning of satellite measurements not only the Northern Sea Route (NSR) but also all channels along the Northwest Passage (NWP) appeared to be virtually ice free for an extended period of time.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011

The Enthusiasm Gap: How to Improve Energy Efficiency
International climate and energy policies, including the EU’s 20-20-20 agenda, often contain three key elements: reducing carbon dioxide emissions, investing in renewable energy sources, and improving energy efficiency.
APRIL 8, 2011 in ReVolt - The Worldwatch Institute

Political Fallout of Japan's Nuclear Crisis Reaches Distant Shores
While the nuclear fallout from Japan’s Fukushima plant is unlikely to reach Europe, the political fallout is already arriving in the capitals of the European Union. The EU is considering “stress testing” its 143 nuclear power stations to ensure they can cope with crises.
MARCH 18, 2011 in ReVolt - The Worldwatch Institute

Can Alternative Fuels and Efficiency Clean Up Aviation?
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has set an ambitious goal of reducing climate-altering emissions from global aviation 50 percent by 2050.
MARCH 2, 2011 in ReVolt - The Worldwatch Institute 

In 2007, the European Union (EU) adopted its integrated approach to climate and energy policy. By 2020, the region aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent below 1990 levels, to generate 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources, and to improve energy efficiency by 20 percent.
FEBRUARY 18, 2011 in ReVolt - The Worldwatch Institute 

Winds of Change: The Importance of Wind Forecasting for the Future of Wind Energy
When most people check the weather forecast they want to know if it’s going to rain or whether they need to put on an extra layer. Wind farm operators and utility operators are more interested in a different kind of weather.
January 31, 2011 in ReVolt - The Worldwatch Institute