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Obama admin approves Arctic drilling plan

October 5th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

Well, it's been a good week for oil companies. After two years of delays, the Obama administration has approved oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. You'll be relieved to know that there will be no environmental impact from the planned exploitation of 30 million acres of stormy, icy, dangerous waters off the coast of Alaska

Global Warming and Increased Shipping Threaten Arctic Wildlife

July 8th, 2009 | by Kay Sexton

As more shipping—ranging from container vessels to oil tankers to cruise ships—is using Arctic waters, the risk of major oil spillages increases but the actual incidence of minor spills resulting from trimming vessels or flushing tanks is growing and remains largely unreported by shipping lines.

Russia to Create Special Military Force to Protect the Arctic

March 27th, 2009 | by Amiel Blajchman

Russia's Security Council has authorized the creation of an Arctic special forces military to be deployed by the year 2020 to protect their interests in the Far North as new sources of natural resources become more available due to the decrease in ice cover

Putin, Russia and the North

August 15th, 2008 | by Amiel Blajchman

By claiming the Lomonosov Ridge as Russian territory, Russia has claimed the Arctic seabed up until the North Pole, effectively planting a Russian flag on the vast oil, gas, and diamond reserves in this ecologically-sensitive region of the world

Northwest Passage; Myth or Reality?

August 14th, 2008 | by Amiel Blajchman

This year, for the first time in years, the Holy Grail of northern shipping will be a reality for a few weeks. With a Europe to Asia transit length that is 5000 nautical miles shorter than that of the Panama Canal; the opening of the Northwest Passage may signal the start to a sovereignty fight in the Arctic that has nothing to do with oil, gas, or any other kind of mineral exploration

Alaska Sues to End the Polar Bear

August 5th, 2008 | by Joshua S Hill

The lawsuit, filed on Monday in Washington, D.C., states that the federal analysis that led to the polar being being listed did not properly consider the survival of the polar bear through previous periods of warming. They called the conclusion that polar bears would be endangered within the “foreseeable future,” or 45 years, as defined by the Fish and Wildlife Service, an arbitrary number

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