Tom Perison

228 Added | 1 Magazine | 13 Likes | 1 Follower | @TomPerison | Developer and past director of “Arctic Eagle" -  a Homeland Defense exercise, based on the United States' POTUS, DoD, US Navy, US Coast Guard, as well as the Kingdom of Denmark and Canada's Arctic Circle Strategies.

First ship crosses Arctic in winter without an icebreaker as global warming causes ice sheets to melt

A ship has made a winter crossing of the Arctic without an icebreaker for the first time as global warming causes the region’s ice sheets to melt.<p>The …

Global Warming

The Coast Guard is asking for $15 million to keep its only heavy icebreaker afloat — and for $750 million to finally build a new one

The Homeland Security Department's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 requests $2 billion to recapitalize the Coast Guard's surface fleet — notably $750 million to design and build the US's "first new heavy polar icebreaker in over 40 years," according to details released on Monday as part of …

Coast Guard

A Peek at Norway’s Environmental Hypocrisy

Norway’s coalition government handed down a four year reprieve on oil drilling in the Lofoten Islands, but hedged that with defeat by awarding a …

Clean Technology

Wild Arctic weather: Siberian temperatures swing 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 2 weeks

On weather maps, the high pressure area looks like a pockmark in the Arctic. The reddish, almost pink blotch goes from far eastern Russia across the …

Global Warming

Declaring itself a ‘near-Arctic state,’ China to build a ‘Polar Silk Road’ off Canada’s north

China has finally unveiled its official Arctic strategy, and it includes a promise to build a “Polar Silk Road” on Canada’s northernmost fringes. “It …

China

What does China's new Arctic policy mean for Canada?

The country has outlined its public intentions for the North in a rare white paper<p>On Friday, China released a white paper describing its Arctic …

China

China and Russia May Take Over the Top of the World With New 'Polar Silk Road' Through the Arctic

China unveiled its ambitions to develop a "Polar Silk Road" through the Arctic, joining a multinational race to seize on historic opportunities in an …

China

Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre

The Beaufort Gyre, an immense 60-mile-diameter pool of cold freshwater and sea ice, is “stuck” in a clockwise rotation that should have ended years ago. Its eventual reversal could send massive amounts of chilly water straight toward western Europe, plunging it into brutal winters and disrupting …

Place of the Year nominee spotlight: the Arctic [video]

This year, the Arctic was chosen as one of the nominees for Oxford University Press’s Place of the Year. But why is this location so significant? The …

Don’t let the sun set on the U.S. Coast Guard

Nearly three months have passed since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Lone Star State. Irma quickly followed impacting both coasts of Florida …

Who Owns Arctic Resources?

Arctic Futures part five. A multi-part series on Arctic issues exploring governance, policy, oversight, climate, resources, and the challenges for a changing Arctic.<p>In 1969, the passage of a specially outfitted ice-breaking tanker carrying a single, symbolic barrel of oil from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, …

Energy strong: Even former President Carter recognized Alaska’s key role in nation’s security

<b>News-Miner opinion:</b> Former President Jimmy Carter remains vilified in Alaska to this day for his signing of the Alaska National Interest Lands …

Scientists mapping Greenland have produced some surprising – and worrying – results

Greenland, the world’s largest island and home to its second largest ice sheet, is a land of ragged cliffs, breathtaking fjords and unimaginable amounts of water on either side of the freezing point. It has also, until now, been something of a mystery.<p>Greenland drew some pointed attention during …

Global Warming

Ice-breaking Chinese snow dragons advance into Arctic waters

The name of the new vessel is «<i>Snow Dragon-2</i>» (Xuelong 2), newspaper China Daily reports.<p>It is state shipbuilding company Jiangnan, which builds the …

Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker

Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating …

Arctic Ocean

If You Cannot Break Ice on an Icebreaker, What Are the Chances in a Policy Debate?

The official celebratory flags of Finland 100 and Canada 150 years flying high on top of MSV Nordica when the <i>Arctic 100 Expedition</i> left Vancouver on …

A warming Arctic can actually make our winters colder

Can you say polar vortex?<p>The winter of 2014-2015 is remembered, at least by many, as the winter that the city of Boston lost its mind. That is the winter when New England—a region synonymous with frost—managed to capture national attention for receiving what can only be described as <i>preposterous</i> …

How did that get there? Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

Discovery by UK scientists prompts fear that melting ice will allow more plastic to be released into the central Arctic Ocean – with huge effects on wildlife<p>A British-led expedition has discovered sizeable chunks of polystyrene lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.<p>The …

Study: ‘Unprecedented’ rain, warmth for Alaska by end of century

If current carbon emissions and climate trends hold, the Far North can join the hurricane-soaked South as a place of wet-weather extremes, new …

Who Benefits From China’s Belt and Road in the Arctic?

The Arctic implications of China's Belt and Road Initiative merit serious consideration.

China

Russia's Alternative to Suez Canal: Northern Sea Route

The Northern Sea Route which runs along the Russian Arctic Coast may become an alternative to the Suez Canal.

Arctic Economic Council Expects to Extend Icebreaker Cooperation With Asia

VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) — The Arctic Economic Council (AEC) expects to boost international collaboration in the use of icebreakers with countries …

Changing Arctic means new problems

ABOARD THE USCGC HEALY IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN — Coast Guard Ensign Ryan Carpenter peered north through a front window of this 128-metre-long ship, …

Frozen Dreams: Russia's Arctic obsession

Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2017

<i>Dr Ruth Mottram, Dr Peter Langen and Dr Martin Stendel are climate scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen, which is</i> …

Global Warming

China used research mission to test trade route through Canada’s Northwest Passage

China's official government news agency says Beijing used a scientific icebreaker voyage through Canada's Northwest Passage to test the viability of sailing Chinese cargo ships through the environmentally fragile route that links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.<p>Xinhua News Agency, often used to …

In Arctic Tundra, It’s Getting Easy Being Green

by Katy Mersmann / DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA /<p>As I walk up the Alpine Trail in Denali National Park, I can see the vegetation changing before my …

Global Warming

Statoil says oilfield deal with Rosneft complies with sanctions

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Statoil (OL:STL) said on Thursday its cooperation with Russia's Rosneft (MM:ROSN) in developing the onshore North …