Arctic

Music + Culture
11:03 am
Fri September 6, 2013

"Last Night of the Proms"

George Lloyd served on the HMS Trinidad and suffered from post traumatic stress after serving on the ship.
Credit Parnall, C H (Lt) Royal Navy official photographer / Wikimedia Commons

The “Last Night of the Proms,” one of the biggest classical music parties of the summer, is tomorrow night with performances in London, Belfast and Glasgow.

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Narwhal Research
6:21 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic

An artist's sketchbook used in studying the landscape and nature in Greenland.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

Artists have accompanied scientists and explorers for hundreds of years - documenting discoveries of new species and uncharted territory.

Well, that tradition is still alive and well.

Ashley Ahearn interviewed two Seattleites on a scientific and artistic expedition to study Narwhals in Greenland, and produced this audio postcard.

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Shell Oil Drilling
6:33 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Shell Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, with three tugboats and an escort ship, on its way from Kodiak Island to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
Credit Photo by Sara Francis / US Coast Guard

Shell Oil has put Arctic drilling on hold. The company announced Wednesday that it will not attempt to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. The announcement comes after a year of accidents and setbacks for Shell’s Arctic drilling efforts. KUOW’s John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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Arctic Drilling
6:44 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Another Setback For Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans

The Kulluk under tow in January after running aground near Kodiak, Alaska.
Credit Northwest News Network

Another costly setback for Shell Oil and its efforts to drill in the Arctic Ocean: Shell needs to send its beleaguered oil rigs to Asia for major repairs, instead of to Seattle as planned. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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Arctic Oil Drilling
6:54 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Interior Dept. To Probe Shell’s Arctic Drilling Mishaps

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, which washed aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska last week.
Credit Photo by Jon Klingenberg / U.S. Coast Guard

The Obama Administration announced a sweeping inquiry into Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling program yesterday. The 60-day probe will look at the company’s mishaps in Alaska and here in Puget Sound. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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Arctic Oil Spill
6:20 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Congressman Seeks Answers In Arctic Oil-Spill Gear's Failure

A piece of oil-spill prevention equipment.
Credit Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (via KUOW Freedom of Information request)

Oil-spill equipment designed to support drilling in the Arctic Ocean was damaged badly in its first field test this fall in Puget Sound near Anacortes. A public radio investigation revealed just how badly. Now a top Congressman is seeking answers, too. Seattle correspondent John Ryan reports.

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Arctic Oil Drilling
6:01 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Shell Delays Arctic Oil Drilling Until 2013

The Arctic Challenger on the Bellingham waterfront in August.
Photo by John Ryan Northwest News Network

Problems in Puget Sound have led Shell Oil to cancel its plans for drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. KUOW's John Ryan reports from the Bellingham waterfront.

The Arctic Challenger is Shell's oil-spill containment barge. It's here behind me at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. It's supposed to be in place in the Arctic to help mop up any oil spills. It's been under construction here at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal for months.

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Arctic Oil Drilling
5:52 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Delays In Bellingham Curtail Arctic Oil Drilling

Shell's Arctic Challenger, under construction on the Bellingham waterfront.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

Shell Oil is scaling back its plans for drilling in the Arctic Ocean this year. Icy conditions in the far North and construction problems in Bellingham have delayed the company's efforts. KUOW's John Ryan reports from Seattle.

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