Arctic http://kuow.org en Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic http://kuow.org/post/bringing-art-narwhal-research-arctic <p></p><p>Two Seattle-based adventurers — one a scientist, the other an artist — are on an expedition to study and document narwhals in Arctic waters off the west coast of Greenland.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 11192 at http://kuow.org Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic Borge Ousland: Adventures In Polar Exploration http://kuow.org/post/borge-ousland-adventures-polar-exploration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Global warming and melting ice are rapidly changing the landscape of the Earth's polar regions. What will it mean for life at the poles, and for the rest of the world? Norwegian explorer </span><a href="http://www.ousland.no/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Borge Ousland</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has seen this environmental transformation for himself. He’s the first person to complete solo expeditions across both the North and South Poles. In 2010, he completed the Northern Passage – a circumnavigation of the entire Arctic ocean. He joins us to talk about his adventures in the vast, frozen tundra of the poles.</span></p><div> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 PRODUCER 8687 at http://kuow.org Borge Ousland: Adventures In Polar Exploration Shell Ready To Try Again With Rebuilt Oil-Spill Dome http://kuow.org/post/shell-ready-try-again-rebuilt-oil-spill-dome <p>The Arctic Challenger left Puget Sound's Bellingham Bay Wednesday night and arrived at a deep-water anchorage near Anacortes, Wash., Thursday morning. The barge is part of Shell Oil’s fleet of vessels aimed at exploring the Arctic Ocean for oil.</p><p>The Arctic Challenger’s oil-spill containment system failed its first field test off Anacortes in September. Since then, Shell has rebuilt a <a href="http://www.kuow.org/post/sea-trial-leaves-shells-arctic-oil-spill-gear-crushed-beer-can">20-foot oil-containment dome that was “crushed like a beer can”</a> in the first test.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:39:11 +0000 John Ryan 5088 at http://kuow.org Shell Ready To Try Again With Rebuilt Oil-Spill Dome Sea Trial Leaves Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear "Crushed Like A Beer Can" http://kuow.org/post/sea-trial-leaves-shells-arctic-oil-spill-gear-crushed-beer-can <p><em><strong>UPDATE </strong>on Congressional interest in this story <a href="http://www.kuow.org/post/update-congressman-seeks-answers-arctic-oil-spill-gears-failure">here</a>.</em></p><p>Shell Oil has been building and testing equipment designed for the Arctic Ocean here in Puget Sound. In September, a key test of underwater oil-spill equipment was a spectacular failure.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:52:24 +0000 John Ryan 4372 at http://kuow.org Sea Trial Leaves Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear "Crushed Like A Beer Can"