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Williamson, addressing the Munich Security Conference on Friday, accused Russia of "illegal activity" on land and at sea, and called on Moscow to reset its relationship with Western countries through dialogue.Lavrov addressed the meeting on Saturday and seized the opportunity to jibe back at Williamson when asked about the security situation of the Arctic.
Recent Russian moves in the Arctic have renewed debate over that country's intentions and Canada's own status at the top of the world.The newspaper Izvestia reported late last month that Russia's military will resume fighter patrols to the North Pole for the first time in 30 years. The patrols will be in addition to regular bomber flights up to the edge of U.S. and Canadian airspace.
PUBLISHED February 1, 2019Now that the latest frigid, deadly Arctic blast is giving way to warmer conditions in the Midwest and Northeast, some clarity is emerging on how to think about cold waves in a warming climate.
As the Midwest and Northeast brace for extreme arctic cold this week, residents of those regions are probably wondering how long they will have to shiver before milder temperatures return.
The arctic blast that #039;s expected next week is forecast to be one of the coldest air masses to invade the Midwest in at least a few years.
The Polar Vortex is in 2 3 pieces right now across the Northern Hemisphere. This opens up the gate to frigid air in the Great Lakes. January has certainly been a cold month. We saw a low of 12 Monday morning in South Bend. That kind of cold isn't all that common around here. But that was just the beginning of a series of waves of truly arctic air. The short lived warm up seen Tuesday and Wednesday is history, and now we're just waiting for the next arctic blast. The reason behind the frigid to downright dangerous cold takes us back to the infamous Polar Vortex. The Polar Vortex is simply a large area of low pressure and is always present near the Poles. Occasionally, the vortex can rupture and become less organized. This leads to two or three smaller and weaker "Polar Vortexes" existing throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Our air for the next 7 10 days will come directly from the North Pole at times. What does this mean for our weather in Michiana? Cold, cold, cold. And, at times, frigid to extreme cold. Unfortunately, that will be the case for the next 10 days with a couple of reinforcing shots of air straight from the Arctic Circle and North Pole heading right for the Great Lakes region. It's not something that happens often, but when it does, we typically see our coldest air of the winter season.
Like Tom Brady s inexorable march to an eighth consecutive AFC championship game, the wheels were set in motion for the cold air outbreak long ago (at least by weather standards). Right around New Year s Day, the layer above the atmospheric layer we inhabit, known as the stratosphere, rapidly warmed in the Arctic. We re talking a jump over the course of a few days from around minus 103 degrees to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lubin's comments, which were delivered via Twitter, came a day after #160;technology news outlet The Verge #160;reported #160;that #160;ConsenSys, an Ethereum focused blockchain incubator ("venture studio") and solution provider, was planning to spin off most off of its 50 startups ("spokes"), and that this could mean up to 60% of the company's staff #160;could be laid off.ConsenSys, which was #160;founded #160;in 2015 by Lubin, currently has "over 1100 employees distributed globally in every continent except Antarctica." It primarily sees itself as "a #160;venture production studio focused on building and scaling tools, disruptive startups, and enterprise software products powered by decentralized technology, specifically Ethereum," and describes its mission as using "these solutions to power the emerging economic, social, and political operating systems of the planet."
The research team from the University of Birmingham and the British Antarctic Survey shared their preliminary finding Wednesday at the British Ecological Society;s annual meeting in Birmingham, England. The team is studying how the Eretmoptera murphyi, a flightless midge, is able to survive in extreme polar conditions and what impact it has on the region.The midge is thought to have been inadvertently transferred from South Georgia, an island in the Atlantic north of Antarctica where it is endemic, to Signy Island in the Antarctic during a plant transplant experiment in the 1960s. It has since successfully established itself on the island thrived, actually and now has an estimated biomass 2 5 times greater than all native arthropods combined in the area where it resides.
Life in the Arab Gulf region, Yemen, parts of Iraq and great swaths of Iran, in other words, will no longer be possible. This ominous scenario, posited in one of 6,000 papers referenced in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, warrants only a single line and is easily missed.The IPCC report highlights a series of climate change consequences that could be avoided if global warming were limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels, compared with a rise of 2 degrees or more. One of the key messages is that the world is already seeing the results of 1 degree of global warming, in more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice.
NASA showed off a fantastic snapshot of the iceberg on Twitter, revealing that the chunk is likely a piece of the Larsen C ice shelf that recently snapped off. Its strange appearance has captured the imaginations of many, but unfortunately, the explanation is a bit more mundane than some of the hilarious theories floating around.
As colder days are creeping closer, some areas of the UK will see an early arrival of the winter this year.Freezing temperatures below 1C is expected in parts of northern England and Scotland as arctic air is blown in from the north of Greenland.
Russia has once again shown off its readiness for World War Three by carrying out mock atomic strikes from its submarines in the Arctic.Chilling footage show the seaman practising what they would do in a real life situation with final preparations for a fearsome launch and a countdown.
Read alsoNorway detains Russian man over suspected illegal intelligence activities mediaWilliamson highlighted Russia's re opening of Soviet era bases and an "increased tempo" of submarine activity as evidence that Britain needed to "demonstrate we're there" and "protect our interests."
Comment Facebook Twitter Reddit Email More Share this storyU.K. sending 800 troops to Arctic in warning shot to Russia Tumblr Pinterest Google LinkedIn Britain is to step up its military presence in the Arctic significantly amid concerns about growing Russian aggression ”in our back yard ”, the Defence Secretary reveals today (Sunday).Gavin Williamson told The Sunday Telegraph that the Government was drawing up a ”defence Arctic strategy ” with 800 commandos being deployed to Norway next year and the instalment of a base in the north of the country.
Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Gavin Williamson said 800 servicemen will be sent to Norway next year and a new military base will be opened in the north of the country.
Moscow said the weeklong Vostok (East) 2018 maneuvers will span vast expanses of Siberia and the Far East, the Arctic and the Pacific Oceans and involve nearly 300,000 Russian troops mdash; nearly one third of the country 's 1 million strong military. They will feature more than 1,000 aircraft, about 36,000 tanks and other military vehicles and 80 warships.Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has described the drills as even bigger than the country 's largest Cold War era exercise called Zapad 1981 that put NATO allies on edge.