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Chemical pollution is causing brain damage in polar bears

Toxic chemicals end up in the Arctic where they cause brain damage in polar bears. They could even affect humans, scientists warn.

Chemical pollution is causing polar bear penises to break

Polar bears' penis bones are eroded by chemical pollution. So much that it might break during intercourse, scientists warn.

Ductile materials for Arctic conditions

The production of oil and gas at temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees below zero means that researchers must advance the development of materials that can withstand these harsh conditions.

Arctic bacteria converts mercury

Bacteria in the Arctic converts harmful mercury to less harmful, airborne mercury. This helps protect polar bears and seals from poisonous human emissions.

Ancient Arctic sea ice discovery provides the key to future climate prediction

The extent of the Arctic ice cover was much less four and five million years ago, than it is today. This new knowledge can now be used to improve future climate models.

Extreme weather in the Arctic causes problems for people and wildlife

The last week of January 2012 brought wild weather to the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard and its largest town, Longyearbyen.

The importance of sound for bowhead whales

Whales can have a tough time in the Arctic. Pollution, shipping traffic and offshore development can all pose problems in different ways. Researchers believe that also sound can have an impact.

Arctic agriculture needs new crops

Countries in the far north need to cultivate new varieties of crops if they hope to main local food production.

Cold no curb on appetite

Living in a low temperature environment does not affect bacteria’s appetite for hydrocarbons, according to recent research. This new knowledge could affect environmental risk assessment in the Arctic.

Researchers have great power in continental shelf battle

Geologists and other scientists have great power when limits are set for the continental shelf. Perhaps too much?