Polarworld, the publishers of Face To Face, Polar Portraits, have a gorgeous new photography book available. Last Days of the Arctic by Ragnar Axelsson is full of stunning imagery and has earned rave reviews. I highly recommend viewing the flipbook 'preview' on Polarworld's website here.
The New York Times has this to say -
'He has trekked through glacial storms, fallen through rifts and awakened on ice that has drifted out to sea. But Ragnar Axelsson just keeps coming back … His stark photographs capture a place of extremes, bathed in surreal white Arctic light. Cathedral-like icebergs miniaturize man, a hungry sled dog howls and a hunter in a frosted hood meets you with his tired gaze.'
Pre-order the book on amazon.com, or purchase directly from the publishers on their website.
Ragnar Axelsson also maintains a personal site showcasing more of his work.
An interesting video interview of Dr. Heidi Cullen (formerly of The Weather Channel, now CEO of Climate Central and visiting lecturer at Princeton University), explaining to Energy Now how global warming contributes to this year's extremely cold winter.
Here's something to 'like' for sure. Anniagruk Mary Sage saw a need to connect far-flung Iñupiaq speakers and to bring the language to people who are interested in learning more about it in a positive, friendly environment. She records videos and posts them to this Facebook page, while inviting all to participate by creating content, and discussing regional differences in dialect.
From the page, her goal -
More information on speaking Inupiaq can be found online at alaskool.org, including a dictionary and phrasebook. Language geek.com also has pronunciation guides and a break down of some of the dialect divisions.
Many groups are opposed to drilling for oil in the arctic area; raising issues of conservation and animal welfare in the case of a spill, and citing logistical difficulties cleaning up a potential disaster in an area frequently covered in ice. Shell is quick to point out important differences between their operations and those of other companies - including the adoption of new technology to prevent a well blowout, and much shallower well depth. They've launched a nationwide advertising campaign, also covered on Fuel Fix, claiming "unprecedented spill response plans for the Arctic seas and stepped-up prevention systems."