23 Sep '11, 7pm

Green Blog: On Our Radar: Putin Covets Northeast Passage

Agence France-Presse — Getty Images From left, Prince Albert of Monaco, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia and Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s civil defense minister, at an international forum on the Arctic’s future. In a bid to register its stake in the energy-rich Arctic as climate change erodes polar ice, Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin of Russia pledges to turn the Northeast Passage into an important shipping route and modernize ports and airfields in the region. [Agence France-Presse] Amid rising anger over elephants’ treading on wheat crops in the Rift Valley, Kenya will move 200 of the animals to the Masai Mara National Reserve. [Reuters] A report by an advocacy group says that among major metropolitan areas, the Riverside-San Bernardino area in California had the worst smog pollution last year. The Los Angeles-Long Beach area ranked second and Baltimore was third. Th...

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