What happens in the Arctic doesn’t just stay up north. It affects the world, as that region is the integrator of our planet’s climate systems, atmospheric and oceanic. At the moment, the northernmost places on Earth are warming at more than twice the global average, a phenomenon whose impact is already being felt planetwide. Welcome […]
Earlier this month, the US Senate took its first step towards authorizing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The move came in the form of a provision within a budget resolution for the period 2018-2026, instructing the Department of Energy and Natural Resources to reduce its deficit by $1 billion. The provision […]
Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region’s rich shale oil deposits. But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments. YALE ENVIRONMENT 360–Among the dozens of rivers that flow unfettered through the Canadian North, the Natla and […]
On Jan 30 Shell announced it was canceling its 2014 drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. Writing for Platform London, Faith Gemmill, Executive Director of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL), discusses the court decision that forced Shell’s hand, and the Indigenous rights context behind it. Last week the Court of Appeals for the Ninth […]
Writing at Guernica magazine, Subhankar Banerjee explores the topic of drilling oil in the Arctic Ocean, a staggeringly rich ecosystem critical to iconic species like the blue whale. As Banerjee notes, fast-tracking drilling plans in the Arctic, as in the Gulf of Mexico, is sure to result in colossal spills–in this case, oil on ice. […]
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