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Russia wants to bring back a weird Soviet-era ‘flying boat’ to gain an edge in the Arctic, but it may never take off

Russia is saying it will build a wing-in-ground-effect plane to patrol sea routes and infrastructure in the Arctic. These massive and strange planes can supposedly carry heavy weapons and fly just over the waves — a sea-skimming profile that may allow it to evade some radar systems.
The A-90 Orlyonok.

Russia wants to bring back a weird Soviet-era ‘flying boat’ to gain an edge in the Arctic, but it may never take off

Russia is saying it will build a wing-in-ground-effect plane to patrol sea routes and infrastructure in the Arctic. These massive and strange planes can supposedly carry heavy weapons and fly just over the waves — a sea-skimming profile that may allow it to evade some radar systems.

A cruise line is facing public fury after one of its guards shot and killed a polar bear

Guards employed by Hapag-Llyod Cruises shot and killed a polar bear on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen after the animal attacked one of their colleagues. The guards landed on the island to make sure no polar bears were in the area ahead of the arrival of tourists from the MS Bremen cruise ship.
Russian icebreaker Yamal during the removal of manned drifting station North Pole-36 in August 2009.

The head of the Coast Guard says Russia has ‘all the pieces on the chessboard’ in the Arctic — but the US has ‘only got a coup...

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told Business Insider that Russia's moves in the Arctic look "eerily familiar'

China and Russia have their eyes on the Arctic — and Rex Tillerson says the US is ‘late to the game’

Countries are jockeying for advantage in the Arctic, but the US is already behind, Rex Tillerson says, even as the Coast Guard tries to catch up.

Here’s what Obama’s ban on arctic oil drilling actually means

The president used the authority granted by a 1953 law to protect the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas — which make up nearly all of US Arctic waters.

The Arctic is now missing enough ice to cover 23 US states

The Arctic had 753,000 fewer square miles of sea ice than average this November, and smashed previous records.

What it’s like to be one of the last two people to cross the Arctic to the North Pole — probably ever

Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters arrived at the North Pole on May 7, 2014. It was probably the last unsupported unaided expedition across the ice that will happen.

You can now tour the Arctic Ocean on a luxury cruise thanks to climate change

The Crystal Serenity will be the largest, most luxurious ship to cross the Northwest Passage.