The Arctic could be free of sea ice by 2040, 30 years earlier than previously suggested Source: Daily chart: The decline of Arctic sea ice | The Economist
The first six months of 2016 were the hottest ever recorded, NASA announced on Tuesday, while Arctic sea ice now covers 40% less of the Earth than it did just 30 years ago. Source: World swelters after 14-month record breaking heat wave – CNN.com
The Arctic resource scramble is over—and so is the oil boom, warns UK defense ministry. Source: UK Govt Report: Oil Companies Drilling in the Arctic Will Find It’s Unprofitable | Motherboard
BREAKING: Obama Administration Says Yes To Drilling In The Arctic | ThinkProgress.
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The military said the regular patrols are meant to protect the thousands of miles of coastline suddenly open to other countries’ ships on a regular basis. Russia Preparing Patrols of Arctic Shipping Lanes