Permafrost | AFP Animé

Melting permafrost, suspected by Russia of being behind an unprecedented fuel spill that has polluted huge stretches of Arctic rivers, is a time bomb threatening health and the environment, and risks speeding up global warming.Videographic on permafrost. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Clean-up of Arctic fuel spill will take ‘years’ | AFP

The clean-up of a massive fuel spill in Russia’s Arctic region will take years, Viktor Bronnikov, general director of Transneft Siberia oil and gas transportation company, says at the scene in the remote area. The spill of over 21,000 tonnes of fuel took place after a reservoir collapsed at a power plant operated by a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel in the city of Norilsk.

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Russia says it has stopped spread of Arctic fuel spill | AFP

Images released by Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations show one of the ministry’s camps set up on the banks of the Ambarnaya River following an accident in Norilsk, in the Russian Arctic. Russia has managed to contain a massive diesel spill into a river in the Arctic, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry told AFP on Friday. Environmentalists saying the oil spill, which took place on May 29, was the worst such accident ever in the Arctic region. IMAGES

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Marine oil pollution | AFP Animé

Russian emergency workers and marine clean-up specialists on Thursday intensified efforts to clean up a major fuel spill that environmentalists say is the first such accident in the Arctic polar region. Videographic on marine pollution.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Permafrost | AFP Animé

Russia stepped up efforts Thursday to clean up the huge amount of oil that spilled into an Arctic river, the worst industrial incident of its kind in the region according to environmentalists, as the leaking plant is built on permafrost and threatened by global warming, which melts ice.Videographic on permafrost. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Virus delays largest Arctic expedition in history | AFP

The multi-national team on the biggest Arctic research mission ever undertaken were prepared for problems from polar bear attacks to major snowstorms or even issues with building a runway on ice. But never did they imagine that a pandemic might sweep across the world, posing a threat to their mission. After a two-month delay, a new crew is finally on the way to Spitsbergen on two vessels, which will then meet up with the icebreaker Polarstern to allow the newcomers to disembark and the current team to come onboard.

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London Elektricity keeps us all entertained during these unprecedented times with the Hospital Podcast 411! Featuring a fresh haul of Drum & Bass music from artists such as Unglued, Changing Faces, Need For Mirrors, Calyx & Teebee, Bop and more!

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Kanye West – Water (Netsky Remix)
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London Elektricity – Harlesden
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Mollie Collins – Mad World (feat. Leah Guest)
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Melting ice caps | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating melting ice caps. Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, a Russian scientist said Wednesday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland | AFP

Record numbers of holidaymakers are now visiting Finland’s northern Lapland region in winter, in search of an authentic Christmas experience. But despite the economic benefits, the tourism boom faces backlash over concerns about the impact on the area’s indigenous Sami people, and implications for the environment in the vulnerable Arctic region.

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Weak Arctic ice sees polar bears descend on Russian village | AFP

More than 50 polar bears have gathered on the edge of a village in Russia’s far north, environmentalists and residents say, as weak Arctic ice leaves them unable to roam. The Russian branch of the World Wildlife Fund said climate change was to blame, as unusually warm temperatures prevented coastal ice from forming.

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Canadian shipwreck offers up secrets of lost expedition | AFP

Almost two centuries after it sank, the HMS Terror could offer up new clues to its demise — and solve one of the most enduring mysteries in the history of Arctic discovery. Canadian officials on Wednesday announced the results of a survey of the shipwreck’s interior — and revealed that artifacts preserved in the deep might help explain what happened to the polar exploration vessel.

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The importance of ice shelves | AFP Animé

Videographic looking at the importance of ice shelves. A NASA mission has flown around Greenland for four summers, dropping probes to collect data on how oceans contribute to the rapid melt of Greenland’s ice. The island has three quarters bordering the Arctic ocean and is 85 percent covered in ice — if this ice sheet were to disappear completely, it would raise the ocean level by seven metres (23 feet).VIDEOGRAPHICS

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High above Greenland glaciers, NASA looks into melting ocean ice | AFP

For four summers, a group of NASA scientists has visited Greenland and flown dozens of missions surveying temperatures in the Arctic and how quickly gladiers are retreatng. Data that Oceans Melting Greenland – OMG – hope will improve predictions about sea level rise.

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Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings | AFP

Russia launches the world’s first floating nuclear reactor, sending it on an epic journey across the Arctic, despite environmentalists warning of a “Chernobyl on ice.” Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov left the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to Pevek in northeastern Siberia. of the launch

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‘Iceberg Corridor’ sparks economic boom on Canada’s east coast | AFP

In Newfoundland, Canada, icebergs are a source of wonder to tourists and joy to merchants: more and more ice giants from Greenland are drifting to this island in eastern Canada. Some see it as a boon, others as a stark illustration of the accelerated melting of the Arctic. A NATURAL SOUND VERSION OF AN AFPTV REPORT

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‘Iceberg Corridor’ sparks economic boom on Canada’s east coast | AFP

In Newfoundland, Canada, icebergs are a source of wonder to tourists and joy to merchants: more and more ice giants from Greenland are drifting to this island in eastern Canada. Some see it as a boon, others as a stark illustration of the accelerated melting of the Arctic. A VOICED AFPTV REPORT.

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‘Iceberg Corridor’ sparks economic boom on Canada’s east coast | AFP

In Newfoundland, Canada, icebergs are a source of wonder to tourists and joy to merchants: more and more ice giants from Greenland are drifting to this island in eastern Canada. Some see it as a boon, others as a stark illustration of the accelerated melting of the Arctic.

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Hungry polar bear found wandering in Russian industrial city | AFP

A hungry polar bear is spotted on the outskirts of the Russian industrial city of Norilsk, hundreds of miles from its natural habitat. Images of the visibly exhausted animal roaming the roads of the Arctic city in search of food have been widely shared on social media in Russia.

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