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Kim Holmén
No region on the planet is experiencing more dramatic climate change than the Arctic. Make no mistake, there has never been a run of temperatures like this ever recorded. Water temperatures on Svalbard have increased 10C or more in my time here.feedback
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Jun 23 2017
The latest person who has talked about Arctic is Vladimir Putin: “The Russian soldier today, as in all times, showing courage and heroism, is ready for any feat, for any sacrifice for the sake of his motherland and people.”. You’ll find on this page all the other quotes of Vladimir Putin and all the other people that have spoken about Arctic. You can select these people and their quotes by date, by name, and you can easily have access to the articles from which they originated.
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Hege Njaa Aschim

For me it is obvious to build an entrance tunnel upwards, so the water can run out. I am really surprised they made such a stupid construction. The construction was planned like that because it was practical as a way to go inside and it should not be a problem because of the permafrost keeping it safe. But we see now, when the permafrost is not established, maybe we should do something else with the tunnel, so that is why we have this project now. They are going in with an open mind to find a good solution. $4.4m is for all the improvements we are doing now.feedback

Arne Kristoffersen

The whole reason for the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard in the permafrost area is it has to be self sufficient, in case of a really big disaster in the world. [If] all the humans in the lower part of the world are destroyed, perhaps a 100 years later the survivors can come here and find the seeds. The seeds will be OK as they are in the [deep] permafrost layer. But as it is today, the whole entrance will be filled up with water and this will freeze and it will be blocked after a few years, so it will not be possible to get into the seed vault. There will be a big iceberg in the tunnel.feedback

George Durner - U.S. Geological Survey

Increased sea ice drift rates likely exacerbate the physiological stress due to reduced foraging opportunity already experienced by many polar bears in the warming Arctic, adding yet another 'straw to the camel's back.feedback

Madison Hofman

He snuck out of the RV when we were parked for lunch on the boundary of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. We didn't realize he had gotten out of the rig for over an hour or so. We went out looking for him and didn't find him for a while! We thought he was lost for good in the Alaskan Wilderness. We hung out for a while and we kept calling him. Finally he showed up with his tail straight up and looking very pleased that he was able to take himself on an adventure.feedback

Liam McCabe

A smart appliance is supposed to make your life easier. But so far, every smart A/C that we've tested has done the opposite. You might be able to find a cheap wall-sleeve A/C made by Midea and sold under various brand names, including Arctic King, Westpointe and Comfort-Aire, among others. But they're generally not available through major retailers.feedback

Karin Andreassen

The thinning and the retreating of the ice sheet led to increased concentration of gas hydrates in increasingly shallow layers below the ice sheet.feedback

Stephen Grasby

The novel study points out that we still have a poor understanding of the mechanisms of how methane hydrates melt and release gas, and the potential of that methane to reach the atmosphere.feedback

Stephen Grasby

The authors show exciting new evidence that this methane can be trapped in the sediment and released in large bursts, with a much greater potential of reaching the atmosphere.feedback

Karin Andreassen

I think it was probably like a lot of champagne bottles being opened at different times.feedback

Kristen Monsell

The fact it's happening to what's supposed to be a refuge for wildlife only adds insult to injury.feedback

Jennifer Francis

These cuts would do great harm to NOAA's crucial research to better predict the behavior of Arctic sea ice, and would in turn jeopardize the safety of fishermen, commercial shippers, and cruise ships, not to mention the effects of ice loss on the local ecosystem, acceleration of land-ice melt and northern hemisphere weather.feedback

David Titley

In many ways, not studying the Arctic would be like not studying the weather and ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, or off the coast of California. It's U.S. sovereign territory.feedback

Mick Mulvaney

It drives our tax reform policy, our regulatory policy, trade, energy ... everything is keyed toward getting us back to 3 percent.feedback

Ketil Isaksen

The Arctic and especially Svalbard warms up faster than the rest of the world. The climate is changing dramatically, and we are all amazed at how quickly it is going.feedback

Hege Njaa Aschim

It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that. A lot of water went into the start of the tunnel and then it froze to ice, so it was like a glacier when you went in. It was supposed to [operate] without the help of humans, but now we are watching the seed vault 24 hours a day. We must see what we can do to minimise all the risks and make sure the seed bank can take care of itself. We have to find solutions. It is a big responsibility and we take it very seriously. We are doing this for the world.feedback

Marie Haga

There's no doubt that the permafrost will remain in the mountainside where the seeds are. But we had not expected it to melt around the tunnel. That is an extremely cheap insurance policy for the world.feedback

Hege Njaa Aschim

It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that. A lot of water went into the start of the tunnel and then it froze to ice so it was like a glacier when you went in. We have to find solutions. It is a big responsibility and we take it very seriously. We are doing this for the world.feedback

Magnus Bredeli Tveiten

We believe the design of the facility will ensure that the seeds will stay well-preserved even if such forces as global warming raise temperatures outside the facility.feedback

Åsmund Asdal

We have to find solutions. It is a big responsibility and we take it very seriously. We are doing this for the world. This is supposed to last for eternity.feedback

Chrystia Freeland

The US-Russia initiative will make it easier to move equipment, samples and data across borders in the north and facilitate scientific collaboration and sharing.feedback

Chrystia Freeland

The Arctic Council is so valuable to all of us, and very much for Canada, [because] it's where we, the Arctic nations, can set aside issues outside the Arctic and appreciate that we have shared stewardship of this region.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of view, and you should know that we are taking the time to understand your concerns. The Arctic Council will continue to be an important platform as we deliberate on these issues.feedback

Margot Wallstrom

He said, well, you know, we ought to first establish our climate policy and then decide on the Paris Agreement and how it relates. And I think that sounds reasonable to do so. Then that did not happen, and I think that bodes well for the future. I believe that we will see a continued American engagement and commitment to the Arctic.feedback

Rod Downie - World Wide Fund for Nature

Narwhal are one of the most magical creatures on our planet. So it's no surprise that they have gained an almost mythical status as the 'unicorns of the sea'. Previously we thought that narwhals used their tusks to joust with rivals and help them mate, or even a device for echolocation, but this new footage shows a behaviour that has never been seen before. The narwhal is one of the least studied animals because it is so hard to get to the Arctic areas where it lives. So drones are helping us study its behaviour.feedback

David Balton

The question of the U.S. view of the Paris agreement is still under consideration within the U.S. government. The Arctic Council ministerial will not be the venue for that. Certainly, the final declaration will have a lot of material about climate change in the Arctic. Anybody who spent time in or studying the Arctic knows that the region is warming, that climate change is a real issue here, and the Arctic Council has certainly been paying attention to it.feedback

Timo Soini

We should make sure that all human activity is sustainable, increasing opportunities to benefit the people who already live in the Arctic region, and certainly also the indigenous communities.feedback

Hannah Hill

My message for Rex Tillerson is: Alaska shouldn't be for sale for what's in our earth. This place is beautiful, and this place is delicate, and what already is happening on in the Arctic will affect the rest of the Earth. And that is science.feedback

Rod Downie - World Wide Fund for Nature

This technology will help us to better understand the important feeding areas of whales along the Antarctic peninsula, and the impact of declining sea ice caused by warming temperatures. The data will contribute towards the development of a network of Marine Protected Areas, conserving critical habitat not only for future generations of Antarctica's ocean giants, but also for penguins, krill and thousands of other marine species.feedback

Christina-Alexa Liakos - Greenpeace

The biggest thing we are really pushing is to make sure that (during) any negotiations in this meeting, the U.S. essentially doesn't bully the other Arctic nations or pressure them into taking out language around keeping the Paris agreement.feedback

Victoria Herrmann

We are unsure what the Trump administration thinks about the Arctic region in general, about the Arctic Council in particular and about its role.feedback

Nils Andreassen

In terms of being a reflection of a nation's priorities, it can only go so far since all eight have to agree to the same thing.feedback

Vladimir Putin

The Russian soldier today, as in all times, showing courage and heroism, is ready for any feat, for any sacrifice for the sake of his motherland and people.feedback

Aleksi Harkonen

They went very far in promoting the Paris climate agreement and encouraging the Arctic countries to join in the efforts.feedback

Rafe Pomerance

This ministerial is convening as the Arctic is unraveling at an accelerating rate.feedback

Fran Ulmer

It's kind of up to the Arctic governments to decide what to do. I don't imagine that Tillerson will use this as an opportunity to articulate some kind of different policy toward the Arctic.feedback

Vladimir Putin

But for an effective battle with terrorism, extremism, neo-Nazism and other threats the whole international community needs to be consolidated. ... We are open for such cooperation.feedback

David Balton

The U.S. will remain engaged in the work the Arctic Council does on climate change throughout. I am very confident there will be no change in that regard.feedback

Sue Natali - Woods Hole Research Center

Because the models aren't capturing these cold-season processes, we're very likely underestimating carbon losses from the Arctic under current and future climate scenarios.feedback

Donatella Zona

The entire Alaska region is responding to climate change. The amount of carbon lost from Arctic ecosystems to the atmosphere in the fall has increased significantly over the past 40 years. By better capturing these cold season processes and putting previous smaller-scale measurements into a bigger context, this study will help scientists in their efforts to improve climate models and predictions of Arctic climate change.feedback

Erik Grafe

It says nothing about the authority to undo those withdrawals. No president has reversed a withdrawal in the past except for ones that have express end dates. President Obama's withdrawals were permanent. The Arctic Ocean is not a rational place to drill for oil. It's far too risky.feedback

Nathanael Melia

We know what is likely to happen to sea ice. It will reduce decade on decade, and open up vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean.feedback

Rune Dietz

That used to be the highway going southward to Moriusaq. You can't travel that way anymore, because the glacier has retracted. Some people get an income by showing tourists around. But if you say you want to keep the old hunting traditions, and keep the old hunting society alive, then if you all of a sudden introduce tourism, then you make a very, very big change in how things used to take place.feedback

Kare Hendriksen

They clean the fish, but they don't process it. They don't cut it into fillets. They just freeze it down as whole fish. And that's because of lack of water, the water price.feedback

Rune Dietz

The mercury loads here are the highest in any part of the Arctic. We've seen it in the polar bears here and in Lancaster Sound. We've seen it in the ringed seals. And if you look at the population, then the mercury loads here are by far higher than any other Inuit or the Indian tribes, or other indigenous or nonindigenous populations.feedback

Ilia Pavlovsky

The aim behind the creation of the brigade was to defend the interests and security of the Russian State in the Arctic.feedback

Navarana Sorensen

Normal people, hunter families and things like that, they cannot afford to travel even in our country because it is too expensive.feedback

Stephen Leonard

It is clear to me that the link between environmental and cultural vulnerability is genuine and that the two are interwoven.feedback

Jens Danielsen

Today, you don't raise boys to be a hunter from when they were small. Earlier, the hunters, they can just look at the weather and see how it is going to be the next few days, so I can go out. But today, you can't do that anymore, because the change of the weather happens from day to day, or from hour to hour.feedback

Arruttaq Qujaukitsoq

We don't want them to stay away, because they have things we can use here, like the education.feedback

Ben Adler

The Trump administration presents the presidents executive order, the “America First Offshore Energy Strategy,” issued Friday, as a boon to American energy consumers. Among other things, it directs the Interior Department to review and revise its five-year offshore drilling plan, making a first step toward opening parts of the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans to [].feedback

Jackie Savitz - Oceana

We need smart, tough standards to ensure that energy companies are not operating out of control. In their absence, America's future promises more oil spills and industrialized coastlines.feedback

Charlie Crist

When Deepwater Horizon exploded, Floridians saw firsthand the catastrophic consequences of offshore drilling. Spills don't just devastate ecosystems - local economies that depend on the health of our environment and clean water also feel extreme pain.feedback

Randall Luthi

It's a new day and a new attitude for American energy. The time is right for such a review.feedback

Lars-Otto Reiersen

The Arctic is continuing to melt, and it's going faster than expected in 2011. Multi-year ice used to be a big consolidated pack. It's almost like a big thick ice cube versus a bunch of crushed ice. When you warm the water, the crushed ice melts a lot quicker.feedback

Robert M. DeConto

These estimates of higher sea-level contributions from the Arctic will only add to the new, higher estimates of potential sea level contributions from Antarctica – which is not good news.feedback

Grahame Madge

It's possibly created a bit of a surprise for people because we've had such a mild March. I think it was the 5th mildest March in the record going back to 1910. So, I think the fact we've got cold weather in combination with a warm March is probably a bit of a shock for people. This is a sudden, brief interlude but it's not unusual.feedback

Grahame Madge

The more at risk areas for seeing snow are obviously the northern hills and we could possibly see some settling as far south as places like the higher tops on the North Yorks Moors. But, generally, what we'll see in those very showery conditions is that when it starts to rain, it'll drop the temperature maybe enough to trigger the development of sleet or even the odd snow shower for a time. By day, the temperatures won't be too bad. Really, it's the night time temperatures that are going to be quite cold. We will see widespread frosts, possibly anywhere, particularly in inland areas.feedback

Lars-Otto Reiersen

The Arctic is continuing to melt, and it's going faster than expected in 2011.feedback

Truls Gulowsen - Greenpeace

Both the Korpfjell and Koigen Central licences are within the reach of the historic marginal sea ice edge for the last 30 years. Statoil should not drill in the Barents Sea because of the pending legal case, because of environmental risk and because the world doesn't need more oil.feedback

Grahame Madge

As we go over the next 36 hours, those wintry showers will become quite frequent. There's a possibility of wintry showers just about anywhere in the UK tomorrow, but more likely is that people anywhere, really, could see hail. In the south, it's possible the people could see sleety rain or hail for some time, but we're not likely to see any accumulation or settling. The more at risk areas for seeing snow are obviously the northern hills and we could possibly see some settling as far south as places like the the higher tops on the North Yorks Moors.feedback

Grahame Madge

But, generally, what we'll see in those very showery conditions is that when it starts to rain, it'll drop the temperature maybe enough to trigger the development of sleet or even the odd snow shower for a time. By day, the temperatures won't be too bad. Really, it's the night-time temperatures that are going to be quite cold. We will see widespread frosts, possibly anywhere, particularly in inland areas. It's possibly created a bit of a surprise for people because we've had such a mild March. I think it was the fifth-mildest March in the record going back to 1910.feedback

Marco Petagna

There's a big change on the way. Certainly Tuesday and Wednesday nationwide look to be much colder days next week. Monday will be a transition day and we'll start to see colder air pushing down across the north and then much colder across all areas the following two days. We're going to see a northerly feed of air come across the UK, so the wind is swinging down from the Arctic.feedback

Stephen Grasby

What's been suggested as happening both in the geologic record and as a concern for the modern is you sort of have a runaway scenario.feedback

Carolyn Ruppel - U.S. Geological Survey

It is certainly plausible that these seeps could have emitted methane that had been sequestered in marine gas hydrates until warming caused the hydrates to destabilize. On present-day Earth, gas hydrate breakdown caused by the impingement of warming ocean waters is thought to be widespread on upper continental slopes in the Arctic Ocean … and in temperate latitudes. Contemporary cold seeps recognized in the Arctic Ocean and on the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific margins leak methane that may in part originate with gas hydrate breakdown.feedback

Stephen Grasby

They're all the exact same layer in the geologic record. There's this one horizon where you have all these methane seep mounds that were discovered.feedback

Carolyn Ruppel - U.S. Geological Survey

The recent study does not change our understanding of the contemporary record or our predictions about the fate of deepwater methane hydrate deposits in the future.feedback

Martha Buckley

It is pretty clear that this plastic has been transported by ocean currents. How the plastics are entering the Arctic is not as clear.feedback

Andrés Cózar Cabañas

Our data demonstrate that the marine plastic pollution has reached a global scale after only a few decades using plastic materials. A clear evidence of the human capacity to change our planet. This plastic accumulation is likely to grow further. We should properly manage the plastic waste at its source. Once the plastic enters the ocean, its destination and impacts are uncontrollable.feedback

Adam Manning

So usually the sea ice is more out at sea but due to the heavy winds and storms it's been pushed inshore to the coast and it has resulted in very difficult conditions.feedback

Michael Rast

We had the warmest pole Arctic summer last year. And we are losing polar ice rapidly. At the moment we lose almost 125 cubic kilometres of ice per in Antarctica every year and three times as much in Greenland.feedback

Barry Rogers

They can tumble down in a New York second. Sometimes it's as loud as a cannon shot.feedback

Barry Rogers

A lot of our fisher folks are just tied onto the wharf, waiting for the ice to move offshore.feedback

Lars-Otto Reiersen

We're looking to see how big the problem is for the Arctic - both the physical plastic and the chemicals attached to the surface.feedback

Steve Desch

One advantage of our approach over other geoengineering ideas is it's purely mechanical. We're not introducing any new chemicals into the environment. We're proposing accelerating a process that naturally should be occurring, and trying to restore the ice to the point where it was 20 years ago.feedback

Steve Desch

Imagine a buoy bigger than a minivan, with a wind turbine on top. One device could pump up enough water to increase the thickness of the ice by one meter over an area one-tenth of a square kilometer. This is sort of Manhattan Project or Iraq War in scope, so it's not impossible if we make it a priority. If you want to reverse that situation, you want to do something big. It's not impossible. It's big, but it's not impossible.feedback

Steve Desch

We don't think any one person would unilaterally do this, or should. A project this size needs a government to get involved, and the restoration of sea ice is important at a local scale as well. Coastal erosion is accelerating and permafrost is dying, so I can imagine starting on a smaller scale there.feedback

Steve Desch

As the Earth's climate has changed, Arctic sea ice extent has decreased drastically. It is likely that the late-summer Arctic will be ice-free as soon as the 2030s. Every year, there is more ice melting in the summer and less freezing in the winter. We're losing 300 cubic kilometers per year on average. The Arctic is losing ice the size of an ice cube that's four miles on each side; [that's 64 cubic miles annually].feedback

Naomi Ages - Greenpeace

If the Trump administration allows Exxon to move forward with extreme offshore oil drilling in Russia despite sanctions, the United States Congress must resist. Removing barriers to Exxon drilling in the Russian Black Sea with a state-controlled company like Rosneft would not only jeopardize global progress on climate change and provide momentum for a similar waiver in the Russian Arctic, it would also send a message to Russia that it can intervene in any country, including the United States, with no consequences.feedback

Martin Sharp

For every ice-core facility on the planet, this is their No1 nightmare. I've had better days, let's say that.feedback

Edward J. Markey

Last week an ice sheet covering 100 square miles broke off Greenland. This giant ice island is more than four times the size of Manhattan. It is the largest piece of Arctic ice to break free in nearly half a century.feedback

Walter Herrmann

This is probably (in my) top three. Getting married and my kids are obviously first and second, but this is an experience I will never forget.feedback

Eddy Carmack

I first went to the Arctic in about 1969, and I've never seen anything like this. Back then we just assumed the Arctic is as it is and it will be that way forevermore. So what we're seeing in the last decade or so is quite remarkable. The other side of the Arctic that we call the Canadian basin, that's a different story. So you'll have to stay tuned in for that one.feedback

Femke De Jong

There is heat stored in the Atlantic Water layer and it's basically inaccessible for mixing because of the much lighter fresh water on top. If this freshwater layer weakens or disappears (temporarily) like the authors show, the Atlantic Water can contribute (more) to ice melt.feedback

Andreas Muenchow

For over 10 years we know that this causes thinner ice in the European, though not American sector where a strong halocline (salinity difference in vertical) prevents the Atlantic heat to reach the ice. In the European sector the (salty) Atlantic heat is very near the surface without the 'insulating' halocline that is fresh and very cold.feedback

Femke De Jong

It is basically just a geographic description of well-known ocean features that have moved north by north-east into the Arctic.feedback

Eddy Carmack

This whole thing about the ocean's role in sea ice retreat, it used to be minimal, but as sea ice retreats it's one of those positive feedback mechanisms. And we're talking a lot of heat in the Atlantic layer, it could melt all the ice in the Arctic if it were to pop up to the surface.feedback

Danny Duffy

That whole sea ice thing in Antarctica is no joke. I'm not going to sit here and say I'm like some 'Sierra Club' kind of guy. But I definitely at least wonder where the Earth is going to be in 10 to 20 years now.feedback

Rod Downie - World Wide Fund for Nature

It may seem a million miles away but in fact Scotland is the Arctic's closest neighbour. It's less than 400 miles from the north of Scotland to the Arctic Circle. Some polar bears have been known to travel more than twice that distance, so this does not come as a major surprise to polar bear experts in the UK. Other arctic species, such as barnacle geese, also make the annual migration to Scotland's shores. With continuing increases in Arctic temperatures and record declines in sea ice we can only predict that polar bears will continue to migrate to Scottish shores. The Arctic is in meltdown.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We feel that our US partners are interested in developing this cooperation and this is a very good signal. We hope that this (cooperation) will spread to other world regions, including the Arctic,'' the president said.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Our moves are of a local nature and their moves are of (a) global nature. They've been developing their missile defense system there, building it up, and this system is one of the overarching concerns of global security today. It's not a defense system, no, it's part of the nuclear forces of theirs, installed in the periphery. It's not on the defensive, it helps minimize our response. We have no intention of starting a war in the Arctic. We don't want to compete with the U.S.: We all know that the U.S. spends more on defense than the rest of the world.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We have a lot of things to discuss in economy, security and regional conflicts. We're ready for discussions and talks but the other side should demonstrate and manifest their goodwill and readiness for constructive cooperation and work. Helsinki would be an appropriate venue for organizing such events. If it happens we would be glad to participate and I would be glad to attend. If not, probably in the format of regular meetings in G20 we'll have that event, that meeting.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Natural resources, which are of paramount importance for the Russian economy, are concentrated in this region.feedback

Alexander Novak

Russia is reducing its oil production in stages, in accordance with the plans that we worked out voluntarily with our production companies. The decrease in production in January and February were ahead of tempo with regards our initial plans. Currently, in March we have already reached a reduction level of 200,000 barrels a day. We anticipate complying with the figure set forth in the agreement by the end of April. But the figures for gas will be even more interesting to you. We currently produce 80 percent of our gas in the arctic.feedback

Julienne Stroeve

It depends on how much carbon we continue to pump into the atmosphere every year. If you look at the figures you see a tight correlation between amounts of carbon in the atmosphere and sea-ice levels in summer. That graph shows that if we put another 1,000bn tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere from factories and transport and other sources, that will bring us to the point where there is no more summer sea ice.feedback

Julienne Stroeve

If we continue at this rate, we can therefore expect there will be no summer sea ice in the Arctic by the middle of the century, and that will have all sorts of global implications. Sea ice buttresses glaciers in Greenland, for example, and stops them sliding into the ocean. Without sea ice, more and more glacier ice will end up on the ocean and raise sea levels round the globe. That will affect everyone.feedback

Stefan Rahmstorf

Things in the Arctic are happening much faster than we expected. It is not just a problem of nature conservation or polar bears, it is about a threat to human society that comes from these rapid changes. This is because it hits us with increasing extreme events in the highly populated centres in the mid-latitudes. It also affects us through sea level rise, which is hitting shores globally. So these changes that are going on in the Arctic should concern everyone.feedback

Mark Serreze

It's a key part of the Earth's climate system and we're losing it. We're losing the ice in all seasons now.feedback

Mark Serreze

All I can say here is that I've been studying Arctic weather patterns for 35 years and have never seen anything like what we've experienced over the past two winters. Maybe this is just natural variability, but if so, it is a type of natural variability that I am unfamiliar with.feedback

Katharine Hayhoe

The Arctic is the canary in the climate's coal mine. What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. This entire planet is interconnected.feedback

Mark Serreze

This is just another exclamation point on the overall loss of Arctic sea ice coverage that we've been seeing. The Arctic Ocean was extremely warm over the winter, and there was a very impressive series of heat waves. I've never seen anything like this before.feedback

Rod Downie - World Wide Fund for Nature

We need to act now to lower our carbon emissions by improving energy efficiency, switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy and tackling climate change head on.feedback

Julienne Stroeve

Such thin ice going into the melt season sets us up for the possibility of record low sea-ice conditions this September.feedback

Rod Downie - World Wide Fund for Nature

The annual freeze and thaw of sea ice in the polar regions is like the beating heart of our planet, driving ocean circulation and regulating our climate. But sea ice is in decline in a warming world and the records have been shattered this year.feedback

Petteri Taalas - World Meteorological Organisation

This report confirms that the year 2016 was the warmest on record – a remarkable 1.1 (degrees Celsius) above the pre-industrial period, which is 0.06 (degrees Celsius) above the previous record set in 2015. This increase in global temperature is consistent with other changes occurring in the climate system. Globally averaged sea surface temperatures were also the warmest on record, global sea levels continued to rise, and Arctic sea-ice extent was well below average for most of the year.feedback

Maggie MacDonnell

You chose to teach at the Ikusik school in Salluit, a remote village in the Canadian Arctic. As a teacher, when I come to school the morning after, there is an empty desk in that classroom. There is stillness and silence.feedback

Nathan Morlando

It was freezing outside for the shoot, much colder than it looks onscreen. The crew behind the camera was wearing literal arctic gear; we were filming outside for upwards of 15 hours a day. Bill's in a thin leather jacket and a thin shirt and he's toughing it out. His attitude on set was incredible. Even if he was not on camera, he was always an inspiring presence on set for others and he become everybody's friend. It was so genuine.feedback

Emily Stromquist - Eurasia Group

In addition to price, environmental protests have been a huge impediment for Arctic projects. Regulatory hurdles from governments and environmental protests are two of the biggest hurdles for companies involved in the Arctic, in addition to basis break even costs.feedback

Yuhang Wang

When you look at haze reduction, it is not just about reducing emissions of air pollutants, it is also about reducing emissions of greenhouses gases from China and all the other countries in the world, so we can possibly slow down the rapidly changing Arctic climate.feedback

Yuhang Wang

The very rapid change in polar warming is really having a large impact on China. Emissions in China have been decreasing over the last four years, but the severe winter haze is not getting better. Mostly that's because of a very rapid change in the high polar regions where sea ice is decreasing and snowfall is increasing. This perturbation keeps cold air from getting into the eastern parts of China, where it would flush out the air pollution. And the winter of 2016-17 was nearly as bad.feedback

Mona Sarfaty

Here's the message from America's doctors on climate change: it's not only happening in the Arctic Circle, it's happening here. It's not only a problem for us in 2100, it's a problem now. And it's not only hurting polar bears, it's hurting us.feedback

Jennifer Francis

Not all the impacts of a melting Arctic are bad – such as taking the edge off of winter cold snaps – but most of the effects will have a negative impact on the billions of people living in temperate regions.feedback

Emily Stromquist - Eurasia Group

In this current oil price environment, it (Arctic drilling) is really not very feasible. You're not looking at particularly great economics for Arctic projects as long as we stay in the $50 to $60 per barrel oil price range. I would expect we continue to see that, especially as oil prices go up, companies start to look again at doing exploration work in the Arctic.feedback

James Screen

The 2 degrees Celsius target may be insufficient to prevent an ice-free Arctic.feedback

Julienne Stroeve

That rain then freezes on the ground and forms a hard coating that prevents reindeer and caribou from finding food under the snow.feedback

Andrew Shepherd

But that process takes them further and further away from land – and there is likely to be a limit about the distance they can tolerate.feedback

Andrew Shepherd

The sea ice cap has been retreating for decades, and as it does the animals who live on its edge have had to move north.feedback

Aly Abousabaa

The reconstituted seeds will play a critical role in developing climate-resilient crops for generations.feedback

Sean Boyd - Agnico Eagle Mines

There is not a lot of building activity in the mining sector right now. It is a good time to access high quality contractors.feedback

Pavel Makarevich

Under [former Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev and [former Russian President Boris] Yeltsin, our Arctic border areas were stripped bare. Now they are being restored.feedback

Denis Moiseev

These Arctic bases are on our territory. Unlike some other countries we are not building them overseas. Other countries are also very active in trying to push their borders towards the North Pole. Our army must be able to operate on all our territory in extreme conditions.feedback

Grigory Stratiy

Whatever the weather, the Northern Sea Route will be needed. Its use will definitely grow. There's no reason to be afraid I can reassure you.feedback

Mikhail Barabanov

The modernisation of Arctic forces and of Arctic military infrastructure is taking place at an unprecedented pace not seen even in Soviet times. Russia's military activity in the Arctic is a bit provocative. It could trigger an arms race.'.feedback

Vladimir Blinov

Back then (in the 1950s) it was the height of the Cold War and the United States was leading in some areas. But we beat the Americans and built the world's first nuclear ship (the Lenin). The situation today is similar.feedback

Scott C. Donnelly - Textron

Overall, revenues were down in the quarter but we were encouraged by increasing demand at Industrial and strong operating performance at Bell.feedback

Neal Carter

We are selling it under the Arctic brand and we've had a lot of press and attention, so I assume most people will know what it.feedback

Corinne Le Quere

Of course this is climate change, it's overwhelmingly climate change. Warming (is) nearly everywhere. The Arctic sea ice is collapsing. Spikes in fires from the heat. Heavy rainfall from more water vapour in the air.feedback

Louis Leonard - World Wide Fund for Nature

The science is clear and headed in one direction. Human-caused changes in climate are putting the lives of both people and wildlife at risk. From disappearing Arctic ice in Alaska to greater storm surges along our nation's coastlines to heatwaves in America's heartland, nature is sending a distress call.feedback

Rune Haarstad

For the first four weeks they will have basic winter training, learn how to cope with skis and to survive in the Arctic environment. It has nothing to do with Russia or the current situation.feedback

Erik Milito

Blocking offshore exploration would weaken our national security, destroy good-paying jobs, and could make energy less affordable for consumers. Fortunately, there is no such thing as a permanent ban, and we look forward to working with the new administration on fulfilling the will of American voters on energy production.feedback

Kara Moriarty

I'm not aware of any final decision about next steps by the state, Alaska Native organizations or industry, but with over 76 percent of Alaskans supporting oil and gas development in the Arctic, I think it is safe to say we are all exploring our options following the President's decision.feedback

Christopher Guith - 21st Century Energy

It is absolutely accurate to say we're considering it. There's no rush right now. It's just trying to figure out sequentially what works best and what the bandwidth is. These sorts of decisions happen over long periods of time. It's more about getting the policy right than trying to rush to the courthouse.feedback

Michael Byers

Russia has an awful lot of area to explore and exploit on its own without having to even think about encroaching on neighbors. By adopting the moratorium, Canada is exercising its sovereign power over those waters and the ocean floor. It's not an abdication of sovereignty but a reaffirmation of it.feedback

Michael Brune - Sierra Club

We are confident that this is an announcement that will stick. We have both the law and public opinion on our side.feedback

Marissa Knodel - Friends of the Earth

Donald Trump's actions since the election have made clear that he will put Big Oil's profits above Americans' public health. No president has ever rescinded a previous president's permanent withdrawal of offshore areas from oil and gas development. If Donald Trump tries to reverse President Obama's withdrawals, he will find himself in court.feedback

Niel Lawrence - Natural Resources Defense Council

My guess is that Congress has better things to do. The industry is not clamouring to get into these places. Any return on investment is decades away.feedback

Erik Milito

We have to look to the future so that we can maintain our status as an energy superpower and so that we can continue to rely on U.S. oil and gas production to fulfill our economic needs.feedback

Robert Menendez

Declaring the Atlantic and the Arctic off-limits to Big Oil is a step the president can take immediately to show that we as a nation are committed to the future of our shore towns, our beaches, and our environment.feedback

Patrick Burke

This is well below normal even for those areas of the country that are kind of used to cold weather.feedback

Patrick Burke

The coldest of the arctic air is just now arriving onto the East Coast.feedback

Mark Serreze

Personally, I would have to say that this last year has been the most extreme year for the Arctic that I have ever seen. It's crazy.feedback

Igor Ledkov

The size of the cull each year varies, this year we plan to cull more than 3,000 reindeer.feedback

Lawson Brigham

The specter in the future is more marine use in the Arctic, more shipping, more offshore development, more tourism.feedback

George Bonheyo

It really, really loves oil. It absorbs at least five times its weight in oil.feedback

George Bonheyo

The point with doing a burn is that it allows you within a matter of minutes to remove upward of 90 percent of the oil from the water.feedback

George Bonheyo

It works very well at holding a spill together. It seems to act kind of like a wick, allowing the volatile, flammable components to rise up to the surface to facilitate an efficient burn.feedback

George Bonheyo

The idea there is, if any of the oil with the sawdust escaped a burn site, the microbes would be there to consume the escaped oil.feedback

George Bonheyo

We know we can get below 1mm. We don't know exactly what the minimum thickness is.feedback

Jeremy Mathis

Rarely have we seen the Arctic show a clearer, stronger, or more pronounced signal of persistent warming and its cascading effects on the environment than this year. While the science is becoming clearer, we need to improve and extend sustained observations of the Arctic that can inform sound decisions on environmental health and food security as well as emerging opportunities for commerce.feedback

Jeremy Mathis

What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. The Lower 48 may have to deal with more extreme weather events in the future.feedback

Kristin Laidre

There is the potential for a large reduction in the global population of polar bears over the next three generations if the sea ice loss continues at the rate we've seen it.feedback

Steve Albon

Warmer summers are great for reindeer but winters are getting increasingly tough. So far we have more but smaller reindeer.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

To me, this sure sounds like a euphemism for a marine monument, because it locks up over 112,000 square miles of Alaska waters and seems destined to impact a wide range of communities, tribes, and industries in our state. While I strongly support meaningful consultation with tribes, this opens the door to a whole host of unknowns, and could easily be misapplied to block even the most responsible Arctic subsistence, activities, and development.feedback

Lisa Murkowski

President Obama has canceled lease sales, made permits all but impossible to acquire, and excluded Arctic basins from the next offshore leasing plan. That's more than enough damage for one administration.feedback

Kevin Roth - The Weather Channel

It's going to be a shock. The fall was closest to the warmest on record so this is really back to reality.feedback

Boris Zilberman

Production is dwindling over time, so they're going into new, offshore, deep-water drilling in the Arctic and so on, and to do that, they really need Western technology.feedback

Alexander Sokurov

He must compete with me at film festivals, not sit in our Arctic prison. It's a shame. It's sad.feedback

Tord Lien

It is clear that, should we find resources that cross the border between Norway and Russia, we would have to agree on unitisation and share the revenues.feedback

Tord Lien

We know that one of the (geological) structures is crossing the border, but we don't know if the resources also do.feedback

Kevin Book - ClearView Energy Partners

But there is a significant drag on whatever Trump does want to do by having to undo what Obama finalized. This is about playing to stall rather than to win.feedback

Kevin Book - ClearView Energy Partners

One area that's perhaps under-appreciated in the wake of Trump's victory is the possibility of offshoring Arctic development in Russia. There are clearly some companies for whom a rapprochement with Russia creates opportunities to get into the Russian Arctic, and that would be a much more attractive choice given the development that they've already got.feedback

Charles Ebinger - The Brookings Institution

If you believe with climate change there's gong to be more sea traffic of all kinds – not just oil and gas but all kinds – coming down through the Bering Sea and the Bering Strait, it's vitally important that we have a maritime capability to deal with whatever kind of potential disasters could occur.feedback

Kevin Book - ClearView Energy Partners

The Trump administration will have at its disposal not only resources available under existing law, but could potentially slot in resources that will become available upon the sunset date in GOMESA.feedback

Charles Ebinger - The Brookings Institution

You can find oil and gas and then have it nationalized overnight. [Companies] think they can deal with the technical risk better than they can deal with the political risk.feedback

Charles Ebinger - The Brookings Institution

People see that there will be the need for new exploration. I think if a Trump administration comes in and tries to reverse Obama's decision, two or three years into this administration we'll see some new interest in exploring in the Arctic and other deep areas offshore.feedback

Rick Thoman

Since October 2001, there have been no cold Octobers (in Barrow), not one. This change is the direct result of the really catastrophic loss of autumn sea ice on Alaska's north coast.feedback

David Latin

We are now very, very comfortable in that range and we're moving towards the upper end. We can now say that the in-place volumes have increased very substantially and we are now well over a billion barrels and we haven't drilled everything yet. So it's really big and I don't see why it shouldn't be developed. If we can't develop, as an industry, a billion-barrel field, we should just all go home and go to bed.feedback

David Latin

We've drilled five wells and we've now put the drill bit in most of that billion barrels and there are still some areas around in the licence that haven't been drilled So there is upside to the billion barrels in-place.feedback

Petteri Taalas - World Meteorological Organisation

Many other Arctic and sub-Arctic regions in Russia, Alaska and northwest Canada were at least 3 (degrees Celsius) above average. We are used to measuring temperature records in fractions of a degree, and so this is different.feedback

Jackie Savitz - Oceana

In the Atlantic, we hope he will recognize the strong opposition from the business community, which has mounted a concerted campaign to protect its fishing and tourism industries against the interest of the oil industry. In the Arctic, it's impossible to respond to an oil spill, with extreme cold, floating ice, darkness much of the year and no response facilities.feedback

Philippe Zaouati - Mirova

Along with other members, we call for coherence with national climate change pledges. On the eve of Climate Finance Day in Casablanca, we would like to involve both companies and policymakers so as to take the Arctic issue to the next level and seek greater protection for the region.feedback

Ron Perpich

Our vision is that this can be a long-term solution to the food shortage problems in the north. We're hoping that we can put systems anywhere that there's people.feedback

Johanna Herron

It's not the only solution. Hydroponics is just a piece of it, but certainly an excellent thing for communities to look into.feedback

Joe Nukapigak - Kuukpik

If we have a local operation like that, it would not get spoiled as much. It would be made locally, and that would help.feedback

Cecilia Bitz

I've stood on sea ice many times, and the idea that I'm responsible for 500 square feet of its destruction each year is devastating. That is the size of my front yard!feedback

Julienne Stroeve

It's not just that we care about polar bears and walruses. We all depend on the ice being there for the climate to be the way it is.feedback

Truls Gulowsen - Greenpeace

When we know that the oil and gas from existing oil and gas fields today account for more than we can use within a 1.5 degree climate budget, it is madness to open new fields.feedback

James Hansen

You have to worry about the future of young people and future generations. That's always been a hard thing for our political system to do.feedback

Truls Gulowsen - Greenpeace

We demand that the court declares the licenses, which were handed out in the Barents Sea this summer, as invalid.feedback

Marco Lambertini - World Wide Fund for Nature

Heavy oil in cold conditions is sticky and takes much longer time to break down, so it has a prolonged effect on the environment. If something happens at the beginning of winter, no cleanup can be done. Oil can get trapped under the ice and travel for a hundred kilometers.feedback

Tero Vauraste

The Northwest Passage is thousands and thousands of nautical miles with absolutely nothing. ... There is a need to discuss possible regulation.feedback

Daniel Skjeldam

Potentially, an accident involving a mega-ship could represent an environmental disaster.feedback

Tero Vauraste

An ice field might move at a speed of 4-5 knots, but a ship will receive a satellite picture of it that is 10-20 hours old. We need better quality imagery.feedback

Daniel Skjeldam

What I call for is stronger regulations coordinated between the Arctic nations.feedback

Tero Vauraste

So we must do everything we can do to prevent this.feedback

Robert Papp - Arctic Council

We don't want people fishing in there until we have the science of what's happening. It's a pre-emptive effort to be able to sustain fisheries into the future.feedback

Vidar Arnesen

Four polar bears have been shot so far this year. In a normal year, one or two would be shot.feedback

Marco Lambertini - World Wide Fund for Nature

The authorities on Svalbard should regularly review their guidelines to reduce the number of dangerous interactions between humans and polar bears.feedback

Dolve Meyer

The first time I saw one, it was in the middle of town. I was amazed at how huge it was. After that I always made sure I checked my surroundings before leaving the house.feedback

Andrew Latham

The new economics of exploration mean that rather than pursuing high-cost, high-risk exploration strategies - elephant hunting in the Arctic, for example - the majors have become more conscious of costs. Smaller budgets have required them to choose only their best prospects for drilling, including more wells close to existing fields. The industry now has in prospect a different – and potentially more profitable – future.feedback

Mark Serreze

We've always known that the Arctic is going to be the early warning system for climate change. What we've seen this year is reinforcing that… It's a tremendous loss that we're looking at here.feedback

Mark Serreze

Summer weather patterns don't matter as much as they used to, so we're kind of entering a new regime.feedback

Michael Mann

What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. It looks increasingly likely that the dramatic decrease in Arctic sea ice is impacting weather in mid-latitudes and may be at least partly responsible for the more dramatic, persistent and damaging weather anomalies we've seen so many of in recent years.feedback

Kevin E. Trenberth

This is indeed why the polar bear is a poster child for human-induced climate change, but the effects are not just in the Arctic.feedback

Philip Hemmens - Eni

Eni is taking the lessons learned from the accident very seriously and will follow up the implementation.feedback

Michael Byers

And yet, by actually taking advantage of climate change, it's contributing to the problem because the ship has a very large carbon footprint of its own.feedback

Eileen O'Connell Brundtland

It's been a long and winding road for Eni and Goliat. The number of incidents is worrying, and we see that we need to follow it more closely.feedback

Eileen O'Connell Brundtland

We have granted Eni consent to operate the Goliat, and we haven't withdrawn this consent. This is an indication of our trust.feedback

Jackie Savitz - Oceana

We're hoping that he will actually withdraw the Arctic from his five-year plan on offshore drilling, like he did with the Atlantic, because it's an even worse place to drill, frankly.feedback

John Sauven - Greenpeace

The melting of the Arctic Sea ice should be a profound warning for humankind, not an invitation to oil companies and now tour ships to move in.feedback

Rob Downie - World Wide Fund for Nature

It's because the Arctic is in meltdown that this cruise can take place. This year we saw the sea-ice crash to a record low for June as it continued its downwards spiral. The loss of sea-ice is bad news for Arctic species like polar bears, walrus and narwhal, and for Arctic people.feedback

Rob Downie - World Wide Fund for Nature

This voyage symbolises the risk of large-scale cruise ships operating in the Arctic. The unique wildlife is already stressed by a warming climate and the loss of sea-ice, and the arrival of mega-cruise ships in this part of the world could push it further towards the edge.feedback

Halla Ingolfsdottir

They appear as soon as we are in the water and everybody has calmed down. Puffins are rather curious so they come to check us out. And then there are other seabirds that are just as exciting to see. To float around and see the puffins above you, next to you and swimming below you is amazing.feedback

Halla Ingolfsdottir

Yes, I have taken this to a new level. Instead of just watching them [the puffins] and taking photographs we go and play with them. They're so much fun to observe. It is amazing experience to see them swim and splash in the water.feedback

Laura Rehrmann

Climate change is about more than sea ice and polar bears. It is also about whether the air will be safe so your children can go play outside.feedback

Tom Wagner - NASA

By some accounts we have lost more than two-thirds of the ice that used to be back in the 1980s.feedback

Tom Wagner - NASA

This is not something that will affect humanity in the far off future, loss of this ice is already wildly changing the Arctic. The planet is not just changing, it is changed. And we have to deal with the change that has occurred. The melting of the glaciers in Alaska and Canada and Greenland is already raising sea levels to the point that Miami and New York are experiencing flooding.feedback

Tom Wagner - NASA

In general, we are losing tremendous amounts of ice from everywhere on the planet.feedback

Tom Wagner - NASA

Think of the Earth's climate system as a 1970's stereo, with great big knobs all over it, and that the music coming out of the speakers is climate and temperature and stuff. Arctic sea ice is one of the big knobs, and we are turning it. And we don't really know how it is going to change the music.feedback

Tom Wagner - NASA

We are causing tremendous erosion in Alaska because they are exposed to waves hitting their shore in areas that used to be covered in ice.feedback

Louise Sime - British Antarctic Survey

By uncovering, for the first time, a huge retreat around Antarctica, we have established that sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere is also susceptible to major climate changes.feedback

Hiroshi S Ishii

Arctic ecosystems are very simple. So it is very easy to see the processes that are active on these ecosystems. If you are working with climate impact in the Boreal or Mediterranean forests, these systems are so complex that it is very difficult to tease out what processes are influencing which species.feedback

Patrick Crill

In the Arctic, warming is happening faster. There are changes in hydrology, there are changings in growing seasons, there are changes in plant community structures. So we really need to understand that in order to be able to tease out what the anthropogenic (human) contributions to those changes might be.feedback

Kristian Jensen

Things are changing and we are perhaps the last generation that can do something about it.feedback

John Kerry

This is gigantic transformation taking place. You can see it with the naked eye, as you see where the ice has retreated from just in the last 15, 20 years, where the marks are still left.feedback

John Kerry

There is no mistaking that we are contributing to climate change, we human beings have choices that can undo the damage. There is profound change throughout the Arctic.feedback

John Kerry

There is profound change throughout the Arctic region.feedback

John Kerry

If we move more rapidly to the various other clean energies that already exist, we hope to be able to meet what we need to preserve a level of temperature increase that's supportable, survivable. We'll get there hopefully.feedback

John Kerry

It's stunning. The power of nature and the importance of our respecting it.feedback

John Kerry

It's stunning. This is the center of change within the center of change.feedback

Jan van Gils

That makes me very pessimistic that climate change is something that will not stop and the population size is going down rapidly. So I foresee big problems in the future for this species and probably not only for this species. this is likely to happen to other species in the High Arctic.feedback

Liu Pengfei

As sea ice has declined due to global warming, Arctic navigation has increasing possibilities. That's why we need guidance for ships with the Chinese flag.feedback

Cindy Shogan - Alaska Wilderness League

The administration must take Arctic leases out of the final five-year plan. No place has potentially more to lose due to climate change than the Arctic.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Relieved Atlantic drilling is now off the table. Time to do the next right thing and protect the Arctic, too.feedback

Andrew Shepherd

The ice sheet model projections for 1,000, or 10,000 years in the future tell us that there may be no Greenland ice sheet, there may be no polar sea ice in the Arctic. Planet Earth would look completely different if that were the case.feedback

Edward Mocarski

A very small proportion [of the viruses on Earth] represent viruses that can infect mammals and an even smaller proportion pose any risk to humans.feedback

Laura Kenyon - Greenpeace

Despite the fact that the US government itself admits that there is a 75 percent chance of an oil spill should oil production begin in the Chukchi sea, the Obama administration has still given the first green light to Shell along the way to Arctic oil drilling.feedback

Rosemary Ahtuangaruak

To have a little bit of ice like this would clog their vacuum suckers that they would attempt to try to pull up the oil with. Metal becomes more brittle in our environment. When it's very cold things break down more easily. The whales are very sensitive, they have a tremendous olfactory sense and they can actually sense contaminants in the water and they'll avoid an area that's been contaminated.feedback

Alain Hubert

In 1992 during one of our crossings of the Arctic, we never measured more than 2.5 metres of thickness. That's for sure, there is less and less ice in the Arctic in the spring. But every winter the cold arctic night will continue to refreeze the ocean to maintain at least a cold ice-cover on the north. With the Antarctic continent at the opposite side, they are the only cold source of our climate keeping this fragile equilibrium allowing human species to live on this planet.feedback

Yuhang Wang

I see this as an offsetting effect. Polar, high-Arctic changes are offsetting the effort that China has been putting into emissions reductions.feedback

Mikhail Voitenko

Somebody, somewhere, decided to stop some shipments. This is very odd. This is an inter-state affair. For the crew and the vessel, it was an accident. They are not to blame. They were not involved.feedback

Yevgenia Belyakova - Greenpeace

Statoil and the Russian state-owned company Rosneft agreed to a joint project planning to explore one of Rosneft oil fields. Statoil is well-known for its double standards. They are not able to drill in ice in their own country – but this Perseyevskoe oil field they are planning to explore jointly with Rosneft is the northernmost oil field, so they will have to work in the conditions they have never worked before, and indeed no one else has.feedback

Arthur Chilingarov

We need to prove with the help of science that Russia is entitled to claim an enlarged external border. It is one of the functions of the station to define the limits of the Russian continental shelf.feedback

Mikko Paatero

Well, actually the police cannot really speculate on anything. We need to base our investigations on existing criminal reports and in this case their are reports of hijacking and aggravated blackmail.feedback

Benita Ferroro-Waldner

We are aware that exploitation is already going ahead in some places and could be profitable. However given the very specific character of this region, we think that the exploitation of natural resources must be sustainable and comply fully with strict environmental standards.feedback

Gladys Cardozo

All the shelters are full. We are having to improvise so people don't have to sleep in the streets. It's been intensely cold at night and with the bad weather, people can get sick or even die.feedback

Mikhail Kreindlin - Greenpeace

We are worried about the conditions. It is very unlikely that they will be placed in solitary cells. They could be placed in cells with other inmates.feedback

Viktor Kremenyuk

Today, simply what we are seeing is the beginning of some future conflict over the deposits or the resources of the Arctic area. That would of course be pitiful because big nations are involved and they will be capable of fighting each other.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

In addition to the American flag on the moon, you can list the flags of all nations whose citizens conquered Everest.feedback

Vladimir Chuprov - Greenpeace

We will contest the trumped-up charge of hooliganism as strongly as we contested the piracy allegations. They are both fantasy charges that bear no relation to reality. The Arctic 30 protested peacefully against Gazprom's dangerous oil drilling and should be free.feedback

Ola Einang

Arctic areas are demanding areas, and those who are supposed to be responsible for others need a solid background. But I also think it is important to influence the tourism in Arctic areas and one might have a way of doing so, through the training of the future guides with good attitudes.feedback

Sigmund Andersen

Last year, the most common reason for the helicopter being called out was for bare skin, or freezing feet; shoes or ski boots that had been too tight. The cold, and of course the snow can blow a camp of tents away, so there have been several examples of that.feedback

Kristina Pistone

It's fairly intuitive to expect that replacing white, reflective sea ice with a dark ocean surface would increase the amount of solar heating.feedback

Kristina Pistone

We used actual satellite measurements of both albedo and sea ice in the region to verify this and to quantify how much extra heat the region has absorbed due to the ice loss. It was quite encouraging to see how well the two datasets – which come from two independent satellite instruments – agreed with each other.feedback

Norman Loeb - Ceres

By exploiting the unique capabilities of simultaneous CERES and MODIS measurements, the NASA satellite data enable studies on how albedo is changing with unprecedented detail and accuracy.feedback

Lawrence Cannon

Canada will be quite active in defending its territory, we have mentioned this, we have said this. We will undertake and take steps necessary to do that.feedback

Bruno Tremblay

In the Arctic there will be less ice cover which basically means a warmer climate, the loss of permafrost and beach erosion around the Arctic Ocean. In addition the habitat of local wildlife will also be affected, for example polar bears and walruses need the ice as a platform for hunting and fishing.feedback

Bruno Tremblay

We have a decline in surface area covered by sea ice of eight percent per decade in the last 30 years so we are thinking there is a possibility of having an ice-free Arctic at the end of the summer in the decades to come.feedback

Alexander Bedritsky

We defend our interests in the Arctic with all of the civilised instruments provided by international agreements. And I don't think it will escalate into a confrontation.feedback

Alexander Gorelik - United Nations

The interest is growing in the use of the potential wealth of the Arctic region and its shelf. One of the obvious reasons is the current state of the world's natural resources.feedback

Jeremy Wilkinson

Sea ice is important if you are in a spacecraft looking at the Earth you look at the polar regions. They are very, very white and that is reflecting a lot of the sunlight back into space. And therefore if you remove that white cap from the poles you get more solar radiation being absorbed, which in turn will heat the planet.feedback

Jeremy Wilkinson

What we are trying to do is trying to look at how the surface features and map on the bottom features and from that we will be able to take satellite images that map the surface of the sea ice and therefore use an equation to take that surface mapping and create an ice thickness from that.feedback

Peter Mackay

There is no question over Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic. We have made it clear. We established a long time ago that these are Canadian waters and this is Canadian property. You can't go around the world these days dropping a flag somewhere. This isn't the 14th or 15th century.feedback