US thaws from Arctic deep freeze

The city of Minneapolis is still covered in snow as the brutal cold spell that paralyzed the US Midwest eases, with forecasts predicting a rapid thaw.

Images of a frozen Niagara Falls at sunrise

Images of parts of Niagara Falls solidified into frozen stillness at sunrise, as an Arctic cold hits North America.

Images of a frozen Niagara Falls at sunrise

Images of parts of Niagara Falls solidified into frozen stillness at sunrise, as an Arctic cold hits North America.

Deep freeze grips Upper Midwest

(25 Jan 2019) Arctic wave has wrapped the Upper Midwest in numbing cold, but the worst may be yet to come. (Jan. 25)

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First container ship to navigate the Arctic

Videographic showing the Arctic. A Danish vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics arrived Thursday in Saint Petersburg, becoming the first container ship to navigate the Russian Arctic.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Belugas adopt wayward narwhal in Canadian waters

A lonely narwhal that strayed far from its Arctic habitat has apparently found a new family in a pod of belugas in Canada’s Saint Lawrence River, according to a marine conservation group.

Permafrost

Deep layers of frozen earth or permafrost lie packed beneath the Arctic and Siberia. Permafrost represents 25% of the Northern Hemisphere’s land mass. VIDEOGRAPHIC

Global warming

Sweden’s unprecedented drought and devastating wildfires are destroying vital grazing pastureland for indigenous Sami reindeer herders, as global warming changes the face of the Arctic. Videographic explaining global warming.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear barge

To meet its growing electricity needs in its drive to develop oil resources in remote Arctic regions, Russia has built a floating nuclear power station, a project that detractors deride as a “Chernobyl on ice”.