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News August 2002

The Arctic is getting more and more vulnerable
A new UNEP report warns, that sneaking road development and less sea ice in a warming climate has opened up vast formerly in-accessible land and sea corridors to industry, and may result in a new boom in Arctic exploration for oil, gas and minerals. (August 28, 2002)

Danish Environmental Assessment Institute discredits Arctic problems
The director of Environmental Assessment Institute states, that low priority should be given to spending money on environmental problems in the Arctic Ocean. (August 21, 2002)

Report on climate changes
The Polar Research website has reports about science in antarctic areas. The newest report identifies knowledge gaps concerning climate changes. (August 20, 2002)
Polar Research
EU will not support arctic environmentconference
A conference about arctic environment will not be supported by EU. The reason is Canada, USA and Russia are involved ind the arrangement. The conference was planed to stay in Nuuk with about 200 young people from Greenland, Scandinavia and Canada, USA and Russia.(August 20, 2002)
Organisms in Arctic glaciers
Communities of microbes and plants emerge on the bare ground after living for centureis entombed beneath the ice of the Arctic Circle. Scientists say that greenhouse gases speed the Arctic's warming process. (August 14, 2002)

Arctic people seek common alphabet
Inuit aboriginal people from the Chukotka region of Russia, Canada, Greenland and Alaska wish a common alphabet. Therefore they will gather for a conference in Quebec for the first time since the territory of Nunavut was formed in Canada in 1999.(August 14, 2002)

Titanic iceberg revealed?
The iceberg that is believed to have sunk the Titanic has resurfaced in a newly analyzed photograph, 90 years after the most famous sea tragedy of all time. (August 9, 2002)
Fast conclusions on Svalbard glaciers
Scientists criticize Greenpeace for relying on old glacier photos as sufficient evidence. The environment organisation compared old photos with new and draw the conclusion that the glaicers on Svalbard are melting because of leakage of CO2. (August 9, 2002)

For the first time: Antarctic ice shelf tides measured from space
In order to determine if ice shelves on Antarctic are changing, scientists use satellite and radar technologies from space. The intention is to measure climate-related changes, as for instance if floating ice blocks are getting thinner.(August 8, 2002)
Science Daily
Glaciers on Svalbard melt
Leakage of CO2 is a contributing reason why land ice melts on Svalbard. One glacier has withdrawn 50-80 m per year. Old photos from Svalbard compared with the present situation demonstrate that several glaciers are reduced. (August 8, 2002)
New high school in Greenland
Thursday 47 students started at a three year HHX education in Niuernerfik Ilinniarfik in Qaqortoq, Greenland. The purpose of the new HHX is to make students achieve the same level of education as Danish students. (August 6, 2002)

Background articles

On polar dinosaurs from National Geographic

On how to predict Antarctica's climate from UniSci

On phytoplankton from The Guardian

On the northernmost island of the world from dpc.dk

On a lake disappearing into crack in Earth from National Geographic