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New Nuclear Icebreaker Extends Russian Arctic Dominance

Guest essay by Eric Worrall While the US languishes in the shallows with two fossil fuel powered Icebreakers, Russia has just launched its 39th active icebreaker, its sixth nuclear powered icebreaker. Russia’s Latest Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Extends Arctic Dominance MOSCOW — The Cold War may be long over, but there’s still the Arctic chill. Russia floated…

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Arctic sea ice sets new record low for May

From NSIDC: Daily Arctic sea ice extents for May 2016 tracked two to four weeks ahead of levels seen in 2012, which had the lowest September extent in the satellite record. Current sea ice extent numbers are tentative due to the preliminary nature of the DMSP F-18 satellite data, but are supported by other data…