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The rapidly thawing Arctic Ocean may be a new frontier but some of the latest news from there concerns a clam that is believed to date back more than a million years.

Some bivalves retrieved from the ocean depths during a 2010 mapping mission in the Beaufort Sea turn out to be members of a species previously unknown to science, explains a study published Dec. 10 in the journal ZooKeys.

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, who were exploring the area aboard the Coast Guard icebreaking cutter Healy , found the clam shells in a core sample dug with a 4-inch-diameter pipe into the seafloor...

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The rapidly thawing Arctic Ocean may be a new frontier, but some of the latest news from there concerns a clam that is believed to date back more than a million years...

Yereth Rosen
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The Shell contractor that broke environmental and marine-safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season was sentenced on Friday to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, to serve four years’ probation and to undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program....

Yereth Rosen

The Shell contractor that broke environmental and maritime safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season was sentenced on Friday to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, serve four years’ probation and undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program that will be subjected to the scrutiny of third-party experts...

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The contractor that operated drill ships for Shell in remote Arctic Alaska waters is scheduled to appear in federal court in Anchorage on Friday to be sentenced for eight environmental and maritime safety violations committed during the oil company’s mishap-laden 2012 drilling season...

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Citing low oil prices and financial uncertainty, Chevron has shelved a plan to drill offshore in the Canadian Beaufort Sea, Reuters reports .

The company sent a letter to Canada’s National Energy Board on Wednesday saying it is dropping its plan to drill in the EL 481 block , about 155 miles northwest of Tuktoyaktuk , Northwest Territories, and thus does not need any modification to that agency’s relief-well rule...

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While the Arctic in 2014 continued its long-term warming, much of the rest of the world was struck by wacky and extreme weather, and studies are underway to determine whether the trends are related, said scientists who released an annual report on the Arctic on Wednesday.

The Arctic Report Card 2014 , compiled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, described a year of warm weather, open seas, proliferating far-north plankton blooms and steady spread of vegetation northward...

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Stressed-out polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea are losing some of their hair, but the precise cause of that stress is yet to be determined, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases .

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek-Huntington collaborated on the study, which tracked the incidence of what is known as alopecia syndrome among southern Beaufort polar bears from 1998 to 2012...

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The company that operated both of the drill rigs used in Shell’s ill-fated 2012 Arctic offshore season has agreed to pay $12.2 million in fines and community service payments stemming from environmental and safety violations aboard its vessels, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday...

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A new road running about 200 miles to northwestern Alaska’s Ambler Mining District will displace only a small amount of high-quality winter habitat used by the region’s huge caribou herd, a study by biologists from the Wilderness Society, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service has found.

Projected habitat loss from three road scenarios ranges from 1.5 percent to 8.5 percent, according to the study, published in the December issue of the journal Arctic ...

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