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Why the World's Eyes Were Focused on Greenland's Vote

It 'could have major consequences for international interests in the Arctic'

(Newser) - "A row over rare-earth deposits could bring down Greenland's government," read an NPR headline on Tuesday. On Wednesday, "could" shifted to "did." The AP reports the country's main opposition party managed to get the most votes in a parliamentary election, ending the decades-long...

Huge Piece of Ice Cap Splits Off, Worrying Scientists

42-square-mile chunk breaks away in northeastern Arctic

(Newser) - An enormous chunk of Greenland's ice cap has broken off in the far northeastern Arctic, a development that scientists say is evidence of rapid climate change. The glacier section that broke off is 42.3 square miles, the AP reports. It came off of the fjord called Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, which...

Ex-Official: Trump Wanted to Swap 'Dirty' Puerto Rico for Greenland

Taylor says he doesn't believe the president was joking

(Newser) - A former Department of Homeland Security official says he heard President Trump propose trading Puerto Rico for Greenland—and he doesn't believe the president was joking. In an interview with MSNBC 's Hallie Jackson Wednesday, Miles Taylor, former DHS chief of staff, was asked for the "most...

Climate Scientist Is Claimed by Ice Melt

Renowned Arctic expert Konrad Steffen dies after falling through ice

(Newser) - He was a renowned climate scientist who spent his life studying melting ice in the Arctic and warning the world about the consequences. And it was those very dangers that claimed the life of Konrad Steffen, reports USA Today . The 68-year-old fell through ice at his Swiss Camp in Greenland...

Vikings' Collapse Had a Lot to Do With Walruses
Vikings' Collapse Had a
Lot to Do With Walruses
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Vikings' Collapse Had a Lot to Do With Walruses

Decline in walrus ivory left Vikings with little to trade: researchers

(Newser) - The Vikings' disappearance from Greenland in the 15th century came not in an epic battle but with a decline in the walrus ivory trade, according to researchers, who may have cracked "one of history's big mysteries," per Newsweek . Walrus ivory was a hot commodity in medieval Europe....

From Bad to Worse for Greenland's Ice Sheet
Greenland Ice: They'll Have
to 'Invent New Upper Scenario'
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Greenland Ice: They'll Have to 'Invent New Upper Scenario'

It's melting 7 times faster than it did in the 1990s

(Newser) - Greenland's ice sheet is melting so fast that researchers will have to move the goalposts to estimate the impact on humans in the coming years. That's according to the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Comparison Exercise, a consortium of nearly 100 polar scientists who reviewed all satellite observations of...

Senator: We Shouldn't Give Up on Buying Greenland

Tom Cotton says Trump is 'crazy like a fox'

(Newser) - President Trump was widely derided for his attempt to buy Greenland, but Sen. Tom Cotton is keeping the faith—possibly because he is believed to be the one who gave Trump the idea in the first place . In a New York Times op-ed, the Republican argues that Trump is "...

This Might Be How the 'Buy Greenland' Controversy Started

Sen. Tom Cotton says he floated the idea months ago

(Newser) - Seems President Trump didn't come up with "let's buy Greenland" all on his own. Speaking at a Talk Business & Politics event in Arkansas, Sen. Tom Cotton said he looked into a possible purchase months ago and asked the Danish ambassador about it. "Obviously, the right...

Trump: 'I Am the Chosen One'
Trump: 'I Am the Chosen One'
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Trump: 'I Am the Chosen One'

The president also lands verbal blows outside the White House

(Newser) - President Trump got a little temperamental with reporters Wednesday and appeared to compare himself—however casually—with the savior in the Christian tradition, the Hill reports. The exchange outside the White House was fueled by criticism of his thoughts on the economy and gun control, his remarks about Jewish Democrats...

Trump Axes Denmark Trip After Greenland Idea Called 'Absurd'

He previously claimed state visit was unrelated

(Newser) - President Trump has called off a planned trip to Denmark because Prime Minster Mette Frederiksen has rejected the idea of selling him 98% of the kingdom's territory. After Trump confirmed that he had been considering a "large real estate deal" to make the semi-autonomous island part of the...

Conan Has One Goal in Visiting Greenland

He'll buy the country, or 'never step foot on American soil'

(Newser) - Greenland's not for sale? Conan O'Brien doesn't buy it. Well, actually, he hopes to. "As the elder statesman of late-night, what if I negotiated the deal?" O'Brien said during his Monday monologue , announcing an upcoming and very real visit to the country President Trump has...

Trump Shares His Thoughts on Trying to Buy Greenland

President says 'essentially it's a large real estate deal'

(Newser) - The report that President Trump was toying with the idea of trying to buy Greenland was confirmed as fact , not fiction, by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday. Then, straight from the horse's mouth: The Guardian reports Trump on Sunday told reporters "the concept came up,...

Top Trump Advisor Says Greenland Is Still in Play
Top Trump
Adviser:
Greenland
Purchase Is
'Developing'
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Top Trump Adviser: Greenland Purchase Is 'Developing'

Larry Kudlow talks to Dana Perino on 'Fox News Sunday'

(Newser) - Larry Kudlow kept the Greenland story alive on Fox News Sunday even though the island nation has said it's not for sale , reports NBC News . The White House economic advisor chuckled when host Dana Perino asked whether she could join him on a possible site survey to Greenland. "...

Greenland to US on Rumored 'Sale': It's a No From Us
Greenland 
Responds to 
Rumor Trump
Wants to Buy It
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Greenland Responds to Rumor Trump Wants to Buy It

'We are open for business, but we're not for sale'

(Newser) - Yet another US president has had his dreams to scoop up Greenland quashed. Donald Trump joins Harry S. Truman and Andrew Johnson in being informed such a purchase is not going to happen after all, despite reports that Trump had indeed mulled the idea last spring at buying the semi-autonomous...

Report: President Trump Wants to Buy Greenland

'Do you think it would work?' he asked associates

(Newser) - President Trump has been talking about buying an island that could become America's biggest—and least populous—state, insiders say. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the president has repeatedly asked advisers "with varying degrees of seriousness" about the possibility of buying Greenland from Denmark. One insider...

Over 3 Days, 29B Tons of Ice Melted Here

Greenland is experiencing near-record melting of surface ice

(Newser) - Forget about ice skating in Greenland: The island nation's surface ice is melting at a nearly record rate as Europe's heat wave moves into the Arctic, CNN reports. And by melting, we mean 11 billion tons on Thursday alone; 11 billion tons on Wednesday, per the CBC ; and...

Photo of Dogs Goes Viral, and Sparks a Conversation

They're walking through meltwater in Greenland

(Newser) - It's no wonder the photo went viral: The sled dogs appear to be walking on water. The story behind the June 13 image is making the rounds as well. It was taken by Danish scientist Steffen Olsen in northwest Greenland, where the dogs were traversing an ice sheet roughly...

Big News on Famously Thinning Glacier: 'We Didn't Believe It'

But scientists aren't too excited about sudden thickening of Greenland's Jakobshavn

(Newser) - "At first, we didn't believe it." Indeed, the data presented to NASA glaciologist Ala Khazendar and colleagues regarding Jakobshavn Glacier was almost unbelievable. For 20 years, Jakobshavn has been Greenland's fastest-thinning and fastest-flowing glacier. Its thickness shrank 500 feet from 2003 to 2016. But since then,...

Greenland: Melting Glaciers Open Up Vast Sand Deposits
Greenland: Melting Glaciers
Open Up Vast Sand Deposits
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Greenland: Melting Glaciers Open Up Vast Sand Deposits

Mining sand could deliver huge economic boost

(Newser) - In a strangely positive twist to climate change, a new study finds that Greenland could become a major exporter of sand as its glaciers disappear into the sea. As global temperatures rise, the island's vast ice sheet is rapidly melting away, and large amounts of sediments are being washed...

'It's Too Late': Greenland's Ice Melt Will Raise Sea Levels

'The only question is: How severe does it get?'

(Newser) - Glacial ice on Greenland's coasts is calving into the sea , but that's just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. By 2012, ice loss on Greenland's massive ice sheet had accelerated to a rate nearly four times what it was in 2003, and it may have...

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