More whales entering arctic waters newly free of ice, researchers say

SEATTLE, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The arctic is home to a growing number of whales as sub-arctic species are expanding their territory into newly ice-free arctic waters, researchers report.
Fossils show 'strange' marine mammals lived in pre-Ice Age Pacific

Fossils show 'strange' marine mammals lived in pre-Ice Age Pacific

OTAGO, New Zealand, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The pre-Ice Age North Pacific included odd species of marine mammals like dwarf whales, double-tusked walruses and porpoises with underbites, a scientist says.
Limited water predicted west of the Continental Divide

Limited water predicted west of the Continental Divide

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide -- west of the Rocky Mountains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

Find in Uruguay may push back date of earliest peoples in the Americas

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Researchers working in Uruguay say they've found evidence in ancient bones that humans were in the area as far back as 30,000 years ago.
Climate change, not human hunting, led to extinction of woolly mammoths

Climate change, not human hunting, led to extinction of woolly mammoths

LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Climate change, not human hunting, largely drove the world's woolly mammoths out of existence when they could not evolve and adapt, European researchers say.

Arctic shipping holds great promise for Asia

BEIJING, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A shipping route through the Arctic's melting ice holds great promise for Asian companies, experts say.

More than 50 swimmers to attempt Bering Strait

MOSCOW, July 22 (UPI) -- Organizers of a planned swim from Russia to Alaska said more than 50 swimmers from several countries are expected to attempt the feat.

Gazprom sends LNG via arctic sea lane

MOSCOW, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom announced it completed its first shipment of liquefied natural gas through its Northern Sea Route.

DNA shows North America/Europe relation

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Genetic studies have shown American Indians and Northern Europeans more closely related than previously thought, scientists say.

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Limbless swimmer completes feat

DIOMEDE, Alaska, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Frenchman Philippe Croizon, a quadruple amputee, successfully swam across the Bering Strait from the United States to Russia.

Increased shipping said a wildlife threat

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- An increase in shipping traffic in formerly ice-choked Arctic waterways poses a significant increase in risk to the region's marine mammals, researchers say.

Russian ship cuts lane to Antarctica

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Ships supplying the U.S. base in Antarctica are relying on Russian icebreakers to provide shipping channels, with few available U.S. cutters, officials said.

Massive Bering Sea storm pounds Alaska

NOME, Alaska, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- One of the worst Bering Sea storms on record pounded Alaska Wednesday with high winds, blizzard conditions and coastal flooding, officials said.

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Homemade boat nearly through NW Passage

YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A Russian crew aboard a boat made with bamboo, rope and duct tape has nearly completed its journey through Canada's Northwest Passage, a crew member said.

Survey of arctic routes seen as critical

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- A warming arctic climate could open up faster and more efficient sea travel routes but bring a risk of maritime "traffic jams," experts say.

Shipping companies eye NW Passage

BREMEN, Germany, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Shipping companies want to send ships through the Arctic's Northwest and Northeast Passages now that they're free from ice, a German newspaper said.

Russian tycoon has no Alaska tunnel plan

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire who owns the Chelsea Football Club in Britain, denies any plans to dig a tunnel under the Bering Strait.

Lice from Peru provide clues to migration

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists say lice from Peruvian mummies provide clues to the migration of humans from Asia to the Americas.

Beautiful swans cause ugly ecological harm

HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Connecticut Audubon Society's plan to target some of the state's mute swans for removal has erupted into a loud controversy.

North, South American genetics studied

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- An international team of scientists has found genetic evidence the first humans on both the North and South American continents came from eastern Siberia.

Skinny gray whales swim Pacific Coast

SAN SIMEON, Calif., July 6 (UPI) -- An unusually high number of skinny gray whales are being seen from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest, it was reported Friday.

Russia floats tunnel to U.S. idea

MOSCOW, April 20 (UPI) -- Russia has unveiled a plan for a 64-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait to link it with North America at a cost of more than $1 billion per mile.

Chinese swimmers conquer Cook Strait

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Two Chinese university students have swum across Cook Strait, the 17-mile stretch of water between the north and south islands of New Zealand.
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