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News September 2002

Bears with radio collars
Scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø (NPI) have been tracking the movement of two polar bears in the Norwegian and Russian Arctic by satellite. Since 1984 the scientists have followed the bears, Louise and Gro, through transmitting collars. (September 30, 2002)
Penguins sleep deeply
A French team of scientists has proved that birds have different sleeping habits. By patting sleeping penguins on their back, they found out that the morning sleep is lighter than the afternoon sleep. (September 30,2002)
Chemicals discovered in Arctic species
Background information from BBC News
U.S. returns Thule-land to the locals
The United States will return to the local indigeneous population the Dundas area, which for the past 49 years has been part of the U.S. Air Base at Thule in northern Greenland. A formal agreement has been reached between US and Denmark and is to be signed later this year in Nuuk. (September 25, 2002)
Large whale species a little safer
Six species of large whales have been given better protection under the international agreement on migratory species. (September 25, 2002)
BBC News
Canada wildlife under threat
Birds in wildlife areas and sanctuaries throughout Canada are threatened by industry, climate change and poaching, warn conservationists.(September 25, 2002)
BBC News
Antarctic birds found in Britain
Antarctic seabirds have been discovered in Britain, thousands of miles from their southern home. (September 23, 2002)

The magnetic north pole is moving
The magnetic north pole is moving from its position between Greenland and Canada towards Russia. Scientists believe that the magnetic poles may change place 20 to 25 years from now. (September 23, 2002)
Big step for Greenland
The Greenland Homerule representative, Lars Vesterbirk, hopes that Greenland will establish a closer cooperation with EU- and OLT-countries in science and culture. (September 18, 2002)
Hole in ozone layer
The American space organisation, NASA, announced that the hole in the ozone layer was bigger than ever before, reaching 28,3 square kilometres over Antarctica. This article explains the consequences. (September 18, 2002)
70 South
Global warming threatens Antarctic life
The Southern Ocean is getting warmer and it could mean the loss of thousands of marine species, scientists warn. (September 11, 2002)
Danish nominee to environmental award
The Nordic Council has nominated the Danish senior consultant from the Greenland Home Rule, Finn Lynge. He is nominated because of his efforts for the Arctic environment. The award event will take place September 27. (September 11, 2002)
Glaciers melt in summer heat
The summer heat melts Norvegian glaciers. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate has measured the glaciers in July-August by coring the ice of 12 glaciers in Norway. (September 9, 2002)
Worries on Johannesburg Summit
Inuit leaders attending the Wold Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) are concerned that Arctic would be ignored in the final political declaration. (September 9, 2002)
Nunatsiaq News
Allergies soar in Greenland
New study findings suggest that allergies nearly doubled among residents of Greenland from 1987 to 1998. Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen blame the modern way of living. (September 5, 2002)
Climate change hitting bird populations
Climate change may be contributing to the disappearance of Antarctic seabirds such as the Emperor penguin, Adelie penguin, and the snow petrel. (September 5, 2002)


Internet to reach South Pole
The internet is coming to the South Pole following a decision to lay a fibre-optic cable nearly two thousand kilometres across the polar ice. (September 5, 2002)
BBC News

Background articles

On chemicals to spark Arctic alert   BBC News

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