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13 May 2011
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10 Dec 2010
Here are a few graphic reasons that support climate change from Noaa, Nasa, Nsidc and the Cryosphere Today . It may take some time to go through the links but please go through all of them they are all important to us all.
9 Dec 2010
Could this turn into a tropical depression over the next couple of days? I currently have a fix on it at 79.0W and 11.5N! SSTs are still 28-29 C.!
27 Aug 2010
Canada intercepts two Russian bombers
By ROB GILLIES (AP) – 2 days ago
TORONTO — Fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers in the Arctic as they approached Canadian airspace on the eve of a visit from Canada's prime minister who will observe an Arctic military exercise, a spokesman for the prime minister said Wednesday.
Dimitri Soudas, Stephen Harper's director of communications, said two Canadian CF-18 jets shadowed a pair of Russian TU-95 Bear jets in international airspace on Tuesday.
Soudas said the bombers flew within 30 miles (50 kilometers) of Canadian soil. They were first spotted approximately 120 nautical miles north of Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
"Thanks to the rapid response of the Canadian Forces, at no time did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign Canadian airspace," Soudas said in an e-mail.
Soudas warned that the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S. and Canadian agency, "carefully monitors all air activities in the North and considers all options to protect the air sovereignty of Canada and the United States."
Harper is due to observe an annual military exercise in the Canadian Arctic on Wednesday. Soudas said Harper was briefed during and at the conclusion of the intercept mission. He said the Canadian jets returned to base without incident.
Canada has linked recent Russian flights in the area to the competition between Canada, Russia, the U.S. and other countries to secure Arctic resources. With polar ice melting there are new opportunities to exploit the region's oil, gas and mineral reserves.
Two Russian bombers were intercepted last month off Canada's East Coast near the Arctic and in February 2009, fighter jets scrambled to intercept a Russian bomber in the Arctic as it approached Canadian airspace on the eve of President Barack Obama's visit to Ottawa. The Russians said then the plane never encroached on Canadian airspace and that Canada had been told about the flight beforehand. Canada's defense minister said Russia gives no warning prior to the flight, despite Canada's request for Russia to do so.
Harper has made the Arctic a priority by making annual trips and pledging to increase Canada's military presence.
Soviet aircraft regularly flew near North American airspace during the Cold War but stopped after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Several years ago, Russian jets resumed these types of flights.
Canadian opposition Liberal lawmaker Larry Bagnell said the Russian flights are routine and the Conservative government seems to make a fuss only when it suits them.
Soudas noted in his e-mail Canada's recent purchase of 65 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets from U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. The $8.5 billion purchase, one of the biggest military equipment purchases in the country's history, was due to be debated at a parliamentary defense committee hearing on Wednesday. The jets will replace the Air Force's aging fleet of CF-18s.
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Harper visits Arctic, Russian bombers too
By Michel Comte (AFP) – 2 days ago
OTTAWA — Canada's prime minister observed military maneuvers in the Arctic on Wednesday while touting sovereignty over the far north, one day after fighter jets chased Russian bombers along its northern frontier.
"Our government is committed to protecting and asserting Canada's presence throughout our Arctic," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.
"With other countries becoming more interested in the Arctic and its rich resource potential, and with new trade routes opening up, we must continue to exercise our sovereignty while strengthening the safety and security of Canadians living in our High Arctic."
In this context, Canada's increased military presence in the region in recent years and the forces' annual sovereignty exercises are "more valuable now than ever before," Harper added.
One day earlier, two CF-18 Hornet fighter jets had been scrambled from their base in Cold Lake, Alberta to identify and shadow two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers about 120 nautical miles north of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories, the prime minister's office said.
The Russian aircrafts came within 30 miles of Canadian airspace, before turning back, it said.
"Thanks to the rapid response of the Canadian Forces, at no time did the Russian aircraft enter sovereign Canadian airspace," Harper's spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, said in an email to media.
Since 2007, several Russian military aircraft have been intercepted close to Canadian airspace, but have never crossed the border.
This time, the flights coincided with Harper's annual summer tour of the region to assert Canadian sovereignty over disputed areas.
Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States claim overlapping parts of the region believed to be rich in hydrocarbons.
With the acceleration of Arctic ice melt, interest in the region has soared. Shrinking ice has opened up sea navigation, and could give oil rigs improved access to the sea floor.
So-called Operation Nanook this year involved Canada's air force, navy, coast guard, and 900 ground troops, as well as the Canadian Rangers -- Inuit hunters tasked with keeping an eye on the region -- testing their combat capabilities in the frigid cold.
The US Navy 2nd Fleet, the US Coast Guard and the Royal Danish Navy also joined in the war games in an effort to enhance the allies' capabilities to cooperate in Arctic waters.
While in Resolute Bay, Harper reportedly reeled out the air line of a navy diver as she dove into the Arctic Ocean, and later observed a simulated oil spill being contained.
Earlier, the prime minister reaffirmed his government's support for the Canadian Space Agency's mission to launch three new RADARSAT satellites into orbit to watch over Canadian territory.
The remote-sensing satellites are being developed by Vancouver-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), which also designed and built robotic arms for NASA's space shuttles and the International Space Station.
In a statement, Harper said the RADARSAT Constellation will provide the Canadian military with daily coverage of Canada's land mass and ocean approaches "from coast-to-coast-to-coast, especially in the Arctic."
On Monday, Harper pledged federal funding for improvements to a small airport in Churchill, Manitoba and on Tuesday announced his government would set up a High Arctic research station in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
Over the next two days, Harper is to visit Tuktoyaktuk and Whitehorse.
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