NASA to launch new laser to track Earth’s polar ice loss

The new technology will measure the height change of ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica ‘to within the width of a pencil’

Game of Thrones star warns winter isn’t coming

Google has teamed up with a Game of Thrones star to highlight the impacts on climate change. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for his role as Jaime Lannister in the series, went to Greenland with Google Street View to document the “changing landscape” of the region. The newly-appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador says the effects of climate […]

Total boss admits Arctic oil drilling could be too risky

Exploring for oil in the Arctic is too much of a risk to the environment, the head of French oil and gas firm Total has admitted. Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie is reported to have said the risk of a huge spill in Arctic waters would bring too much public criticism upon an energy firm. […]

Scientists note biggest Greenland ice melt in 30 years

Scientists have noticed the biggest amount of ice melting in Greenland for the last 30 years. NASA scientists say the melting over the surface ice cover of the country in the Arctic Circle “jumped dramatically”, with melting over a larger area than seen in more than three decades of satellite observations. Nearly the entire ice cover […]

Cairn Energy sells third of a Greenland block to Statoil

Cairn Energy is selling a third of one of its Greenland exploration blocks to Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil. The UK firm is farming out a 30.625% interest in its Pitu block in the Arctic region. The move is a bid to “de-risk” the assets, according to a spokesperson for Cairn, who said bringing […]

Cairn Energy’s Arctic oil exploration falters

Cairn Energy’s search for oil in the Arctic is faltering as the CEO admitted yesterday it has “yet to make a commercial discovery”. In a statement the UK oil and gas firm said it has been forced to “plug and abandon” two wells in its billion-dollar drilling campaign off the coast of Greenland. Simon Thomson, […]

Cairn stock soars on news of Greenland drilling

Oil exploration company Cairn Energy saw its market value rocket this week as its shares rose on the back of news of a new drilling campaign. Edinburgh-based Cairn announced that two rigs had been secured to drill four wells this year off Greenland. Following the announcement, Cairn’s stock closed 2.8% up at 431.6p, adding £162.4 […]

Statoil gets go-ahead to drill off Greenland

Statoil is to begin drilling in waters off Greenland. The oil giant and its partners Shell and GDF Suez have been awarded two large exploration blocks in west Greenland. “We are looking forward to exploring these new frontiers,” said Tim Dodson, Statoil’s senior vice-president for global exploration. He said that while the “probability of discovery” […]