The Arctic

Here are the Senate Republicans who will decide the fate of the tax bill

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the US Senate, the tax bill could fail or succeed based off of the votes of just a handful of members. After recess this week, Senators will return from Thanksgiving and move immediately to vote on a plan that would permanently lower the corporate tax rate, temporarily lower rates across …

U.S. Congress

Giant Extinct Sea Cow Found Buried Beneath Siberian Beach

The megafauna’s remains tell a grim story about humans and extinction.<p>The massive skeleton of an extinct megafauna, the Steller’s sea cow, was discovered on a Siberian beach this month. This rare find was made even more special, due to the skeleton’s near completeness.<p>Steller’s sea cows (</i> …

Determine

Perfectly Preserved Prehistoric Lion Cub Found in Russian Permafrost

Permafrost isn't what it used to be, folks. The perennially frozen ground of the extreme Northern Hemisphere seems to be softening up at a rate we …

Science

Report: Coast Guard Should Focus on Buying Heavy Icebreakers

Crew of U.S Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) in 2014. US Coast Guard Photo<p>The Coast Guard wants to buy three heavy and three medium …

Elaine Duke

Tax Bills Would Eliminate All Oil, Gas, and Coal Payments to Western States

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance each passed a version of a tax bill that would increase the …

Liberal View

Tax on single-use plastics set for Philip Hammond’s Budget

<b>Plastic packaging and polystyrene takeaway boxes are set to be taxed to tackle waste in the UK.</b><p>Chancellor Philip Hammond’s expected announcement will …

Recycling

Massive Infrastructure Projects Are Failing at Unprecedented Rates

Big fossil-fuel, mining, hydroelectric, and other "mega projects" are struggling thanks to competition from newer, cleaner technologies and a firestorm of market and civil forces.<p>Though few recognized it at the time, 2011 may mark a turning point for the era of building mega energy and mining …

Environment

Ancient sea monster hunted to extinction reappears on a remote Russian island

AN ancient sea monster hunted to extinction has mysteriously appeared on a remote Russian island.<p>The remains of the Steller's sea cow were found by …

Charles Manson

For Murkowski, Tax Overhaul Isn’t Just Business. It’s Personal

Inclusion of ANWR drilling could put her in new Alaska league<p>Twelve years ago, Sen. Lisa Murkowski sat at the breakfast table with her youngest son, …

Politics

How the Alaska Pipeline Is Fueling the Push to Drill in the Arctic Refuge

The war over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) — one of the most contentious and enduring environmental fights in U.S. history — is once …

Yale

As Northwest Salmon Economy Teeters on Brink, Trump Gives It a Push

LAX KWALAAMS, British Colombia: Four years ago, Malcolm Sampson says, the ocean changed in a way that terrified him. Now in his 60s, Sampson, an …

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Drilling threat looms large for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The prospect of drilling for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) moved ahead this week with a 13-10 vote of the Senate …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Schroders: Have To Dump Russia If Sanctions Scenario Worsens

London asset management firm Schroders says it is ready to dump Russian securities if the sanctions policy worsens. The firm is currently overweight Russian debt.<p>“If those securities are sanctioned, we’d have to sell and the Russian market would take a big hit,” says Alan Ayres, client portfolio …

Russia

ARA San Juan: Ability to evade detection may prove fatal for crew of missing submarine

Submarine crews by their nature are trained to evade detection, but that very skill may ultimately cost the lives of 44 crew on the Argentinian …

Military

Skeleton of extinct sea cow found in the Russian Far East

The skeleton of a so-called Steller's sea cow has been found on the shore in the Komandorsky Nature Reserve on the Commander Islands in the Russian Far East.<p>The last discovery of a full skeleton happened in 1987.<p>Steller's sea cows were large animals up to 10 meters long and 5 tons in weight. They …

These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

Top experts—from trail runners to CEOs to beloved authors—reveal the trails that fuel their dreams.<p>1. TE ARAROA TRAIL IN NEW ZEALAND<p>New Zealand is …

Hiking

Congress moves to 'drill, baby, drill' in Alaska's ANWR. Here's what you should know

CLOSE<p>Republicans wanted to drill in an-oil rich area of an Alaskan refuge for decades, and the political stars are perfectly aligned for that to …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Murkowski signals she can support tax bill — if Alexander-Murray is part of package

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMoore digs in amid mounting GOP criticism Republicans float pushing back Alabama special election Moore defends …

Health Care

UK plastics crackdown to extend to coffee cups

in London<p>British consumers could face new taxes on takeaway food packaging and containers, including throwaway coffee cups, as the government aims to …

Recycling

Science update on climate change: from bad to worse

Arctic summer sea ice shrank to 4.64 million square kilometres (1.79 million square miles) in 2017, leaving ice extent well above the record low of …

Arctic Ocean

Canadian engineers build a road to withstand Arctic climate change

The challenge<p>Engineers faced a unique challenge building a road from Inuvik ​to Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories because the area is above …

Northwest Territories

Statoil eyes increased exploration off Norway's coast in 2018

Statoil (STO -0.5%) says it will ramp up its search for oil and gas deposits on the Norwegian continental shelf next year.<p>STO says it is looking to …

Oil

UK considers tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution

Chancellor to announce call for evidence on possible measures to cut use of plastics such as takeaway cartons and packaging<p>The chancellor, Philip Hammond, will announce in next week’s budget a “call for evidence” on how taxes or other charges on single-use plastics such as takeaway cartons and …

Environment

Native Alaskans Are Using Modern Technology to Save Traditional Ice Cellars

The frozen soils on the North Slope have served Native Alaskans as natural freezer for centuries. Beneath the monotonous surface of the tundra, …

Climate Change

7 best places to see the Northern Lights in Russia - Russia Beyond

The Northern Lights are something akin to a miracle because their appearance depends on many factors: weather, solar<p>activityand geographic location. Also, the evening air should be frosty and the sky clear, without any clouds. The Aurora season lasts from the end of September to the end of March, …

Europe

Alaskan town's polar bear problem leads to tourism boom

Polar bears are an enduring symbol of the wild arctic, a mighty beast that has made its home in punishing terrains. But in recent years, the polar …

Global Warming

Middens Mystery Spurs Study of Climate Change Adaptation

Catherine West was having no luck. Knee-deep in the cold waters of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, West scanned the rocky seabed for butter clams. The clams …

Climate Change

Police building was CPL’s longtime headquarters

The police department and municipal court building on Chaparral served as the main headquarters of Central Power & Light for half a century. The ice …

Corpus Christi

Republicans Want to Pay for Tax Cuts by Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski advanced a resolution this week that would open the pristine Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling to …

Liberal View

Sweden: Off-grid and off-map

Survival instincts? It turns out that unless you have the skills to back them up, they’re largely useless. It’s -11C, a far from perilous temperature …

Off-grid