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Biologists record increasing amounts of plastic litter in the Arctic deep sea: studies confirm that twice as much marine debris is lying on the seabed today compared to ten years ago

Published on October 23, 2012 by in Home

  Source: AWI Environmental Research Web     The sea bed in the Arctic deep sea is increasingly strewn with litter and plastic waste. As reported in the advance online publication of the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin by Dr. Melanie Bergmann, biologist and deep-sea expert at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

 
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Race Is On as Ice Melt Reveals Arctic Treasures

Published on September 19, 2012 by in Home

 As the Arctic warms, a new area opens up a new opportunity arises to commodity nature. Will the fragile environment receive due consideration and appropriate measures put in place to prevent ecocide?   By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL NY Times     NUUK, Greenland — With Arctic ice melting at record pace, the world’s superpowers are increasingly jockeying for

 
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A worrisome wet wake-up call from the Arctic

Published on September 8, 2012 by in Home

As David Suzuki points out, the science couldn’t be clearer. Unfortunately, in Canada, the science is irrelevant as the Prime Minister focuses on short-term economic gain and ignores both climate science and his legacy to future generations.    By David Suzuki and Ian Hanington David Suzuki Foundation      Arctic sea ice has already melted

 
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Yes! Let’s declare a global sanctuary in the Arctic

Published on August 28, 2012 by in Home

Sini Saarela Greenpeace volunteer from Finland I’m blocking oil drilling in the Arctic again   I’m on a Greenpeace ship right now in the Russian Arctic with volunteers from around the world – including New Zealand. After last week’s action we are a little battered and bruised but we remain resolute. We faced torrents of

 
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Saving the Arctic is environmentalism’s biggest challenge yet

Published on August 26, 2012 by in Home

Greenpeace guardian.co.uk   Greenpeace needs the support of millions if it is to save the Arctic from destruction by the oil industry     This month we are expecting to see a record ice melt in the Arctic. But this is not a world record we can celebrate. This is a wake-up call from planet

 
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Why The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Matters

Published on August 26, 2012 by in Home

Business as usual is leading the planet on the road to extinction. It is imperative that we recognize and respect nature’s rights. The most important right is the right to life. We have to change the rules of the game and codify them in Earth Law. By Neven Acropolis with Kevin McKinney ThingProgress.org     In

 
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Recent Mishaps Raise Doubts About Arctic Drilling Safety

Published on August 6, 2012 by in Home

Marilyn Heiman, director of the Pew Environment Group’s U.S. Arctic Program Care2 Causes      Oil industry plans to drill exploratory wells in America’s Arctic Ocean got off to an inauspicious start recently, when a Shell Oil Co. drilling ship slipped anchor and drifted perilously close to the beach at Alaska’s Dutch Harbor. A tugboat

 
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Action Alert: Save the Arctic

Published on July 28, 2012 by in Home

Heather Libby TckTckTck      At Rio+20 our partners at Greenpeace launched a global campaign to protect one of the last true wild places left on Earth: the Arctic. It is the frontline of global climate change and the fastest warming region in the world. It is precious, essential and threatened by dangerous oil drilling. “In the

 
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Humans Cause 70 Percent of Loss of Arctic Sea Ice (Video)

Published on July 27, 2012 by in Home

by Kristina Chew Care2    A just-published study in the journal Environmental Research Letters has found that, based on computer modeling, at least 70 percent of “radical decline” in sea ice around the Arctic is caused by “human-induced climate change.” In fact, as much as 95 percent of the loss of arctic sea ice could be due to human factors. The decline in

 
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Ten of the most polluted places on the planet

Published on July 24, 2012 by in Home

by John Pickrell ABC Environment   MORE THAN 100 million people worldwide are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. These pollutants include radionuclides, industrial chemicals, pesticides and heavy metals, which may come from activities such as mining, industry, agriculture and weapons manufacture. “The scope of [global] health impact is comparable to AIDS/HIV, or malaria,

 
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Climate change opens up Arctic fisheries – but should Canada cut bait?

Published on July 22, 2012 by in Home

Peter Christie Globe and Mail     Pangnirtung, a solitary hamlet of 1,500 clinging to the granite mouth of Pangnirtung Fjord in Baffin Island’s Cumberland Sound, seems like a quintessential, isolated Arctic community. Low, weather-battered board homes punctuate its dirt streets. Some are literally cabled to the ground against the wind. Often, they are cramped

 
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It is time to Save the Arctic.

Published on July 21, 2012 by in Home

Greenpeace Canada   A new Arctic oil rush is starting. Shell, BP, Exxon, Gazprom, Rosneft and others want to risk a devastating Arctic oil spill for only three years’ worth of oil. The pristine arctic we know and love as part of Canada’s unique culture, heritage and environment is now under serious threat. Arctic nations

 
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BP pulls back on offshore oil project in Alaska’s Arctic

Published on July 12, 2012 by in Home

Alaska Dispatch staff     It was supposed to help offset the declining oil flows of the trans-Alaska pipeline, pumping up to 40,000 barrels of crude near the Arctic shores of Alaska, but now BP’s plans to develop its Liberty field have run aground. Wesley Loy, of Petroleum News, reports that “BP is backing off its ambitious

 
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Arctic drilling: Groups challenge Shell oil spill response plans

Published on July 10, 2012 by in Home

By Kim Murphy L A Times     SEATTLE — In an effort to hold oil companies to a higher standard in the Arctic Ocean, a coalition of conservation groups announced Monday that  they are suing to challenge the federal government’s approval of oil spill cleanup plans for Shell Alaska’s upcoming operations in the Beaufort

 
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Critics continue objections, but Arctic offshore drilling moves forward for 2012, future years

Published on July 2, 2012 by in Home

By Associated Press Washington Post      ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In choppy water under blue sky off Bellingham, Wash., a Shell Oil crew on Monday lowered a “capping stack” 200 feet in the water and put it through maneuvers with underwater robots connected by cable to operators on the surface, a test that fulfilled one of

 
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