13 Sep '11, 12pm

#Cairn fails to find #Arctic oil. Again.

#Cairn fails to find #Arctic oil. Again.

This month sees the Arctic sea ice minimum, a litmus test for the health of the global climate, with indications suggesting the extent in 2011 could be the lowest level ever. Arctic sea ice acts like the planet's air conditioning system and, like miners who used canaries to warn of deadly gases, we have the extent and volume of this ice to warn us of climate change. Summer melting is now at the highest rate since records began nearly 40 years ago and scientists are already calling the loss of Arctic sea ice "stunning...yet another wake up call that climate change is here now." The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is currently in the far North, working with top climate scientists to ascertain the thickness of the shrinking ice around Svalbard. As the ice retreats, companies like Shell are lining up to exploit what lies beneath the shrinking floes and glaciers, but news today ...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/cairn-finds-no-...

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