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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham hits heavy seas in the Atlantic Ocean, December 18, 2018.

There’s a new round of tensions between the US, NATO, and Russia, and that means there’s a new battle brewing in the Atlantic

With a new period of competition between the US and its NATO allies and a resurgent Russia, the North Atlantic is once again a battleground.
Walruses rest on an ice floe off Wrangel Island, part of the Wrangel Island State Nature Reserve in the Arctic Ocean.

A Russian navy boat was attacked and sunk by a walrus in the Arctic

A landing craft carrying researchers ashore from a Russian navy tugboat was attacked and apparently sunk by walruses during an Arctic expedition.
A US Air Force B-2 bomber, two RAF F-35 Lightning IIs, and two US Air Force F-15 Eagles in formation behind a KC-135 Stratotanker on a training mission for Bomber Task Force Europe, September 16, 2019.

B-2 stealth bombers are learning new tricks in Europe, but it’s not only about sending a message to Russia

US bombers have been training in Europe for years, and the latest deployment of B-2s shows they're looking to operate in new areas.
Members of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One dismantle the F/V Heritage, an abandoned vessel blocking a boat ramp on Adak Island in Alaska, September 2, 2019.

As the US military prepares for a potential showdown with Russia, the Navy’s explosive experts are clearing a path north

This month, Navy divers and explosives experts are in Alaska to practice operating in a tough environment, and they plan to be back.
A B-2 Spirit assigned to Whiteman AFB, Missouri, approaches to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to RAF Mildenhall over the Norwegian Sea, Sept. 5, 2019. This was an extended duration flight that proved the B-2's ability to operate in the Arctic circle.

B-2 stealth bombers just flew their first Arctic missions, and it’s an unmistakable message to Russia

Three B-2 Spirit bombers flew over the Arctic for the first time, as a clear show of force to Russia, which considers the Arctic its back yard.
The Chuckegg Creek wildfire burns near High Level, Alberta, Canada, on June 1, 2019.

The northernmost reaches of the Earth are on fire. Here’s what this record-breaking hot summer looks like from space.

Climate change comes with a higher risk of wildfires. This summer, fires have ravaged the Arctic, and the flames can be seen from space.
July 2019 temperature.

Around 1 million square feet of sea ice melted in July as the globe experienced its hottest month in history

New data confirmed that July 2019 was the hottest month in history, and Arctic and Antarctic sea ice were at their lowest levels for July.
Several wildfires between about 57°N and 70°N in Krasnoyarsk Krai and Sakha Republic, Russia - July 21st, 2019.

Satellite photos show massive swaths of the Arctic engulfed in flames by ‘unprecedented’ wildfires

Satellite images posted online show wildfires burning through huge portions of the Arctic, including Russia, Alaska, and Greenland.

A heatwave caused the northernmost settlement on Earth to reach 70 degrees earlier this week

The temperature was significantly higher than average, and one scientist said it was the equivalent of New York City reaching 111 degrees.
Longyearbyen endures four months of perpetual darkness during the winter.

The world’s ‘doomsday seed vault’ is built to store every crop on the planet, but the icy area that protects it is at risk

An Arctic town is home to the doomsday seed vault, which stores every seed on the planet. But rising temperatures are putting the vault at risk.