07 Jun '11, 1pm

Scramble for #Arctic oil and gas puts pristine ecosystem at risk ~ #SaveTheArctic

Scramble for #Arctic oil and gas puts pristine ecosystem at risk ~ #SaveTheArctic

The Arctic covers 30 million square km, has 24 time zones and is home to just four million people. It also has vast reserves of oil and gas, not to mention diamonds, platinum, nickel and iron. Those reserves have been known about for centuries, yet a combination of new extraction technology and rising demand means that the human race is ready to start ripping them out - raising the threat of devastating pollution to a uniquely clean environment and worsening the problem of global warming, even as the ice caps are melting. Greenpeace claims they could even cause a war in the region, with releases this month by Wikileaks , the whistle-blowing website, showing how the scramble for oil and gas in the Arctic is sparking military tension. Norway’s foreign minister is quoted as saying regular military flights by the Russians up and down Norway's coast had helped to justify the pu...

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