09 Jun '11, 6pm

Russia and Norway carve up wildlife-rich Arctic sea for fossil fuels

Russia and Norway carve up wildlife-rich Arctic sea for fossil fuels

Arctic on the line: oil industry versus Greenpeace at the top of the world (06/06/2011) At the top of the world sits a lone region of shifting sea ice, bare islands, and strange creatures. For most of human history the Arctic remained inaccessible to all but the hardiest of peoples, keeping it relatively pristine and untouched. But today, the Arctic is arguably changing faster than anywhere else on Earth due to global climate change. Greenhouse gases from society have heated up parts of the Arctic over the past half-century by 4-5 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to a staggering decline in the Arctic sea ice. The large-scale changes suffered by the Arctic have created a new debate over conservation and exploitation, a debate currently represented by the protests of Greenpeace against oil company Cairn Energy, both of whom have been interviewed by mongabay.com (see below). New r...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0609-hance_barentssea.html

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