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Photos: Crystal Cruises Photo: Captain Birger Vorland, Crystal Cruises The fabled Northwest passage isn't what it used to
Antarctica is on the top of everyone's bucket list these days as people spend tens of thousands of dollars to check out the world's southernmost frozen continent (read: bragging rights). But have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually live there?
Could we even be facing an ice-free Arctic summer?
This short video called "Cold War On Ice" is part of our web series ThisPlanet.TV. It includes a few clips from Yamal's newscasts illustrating the Russian viewpoint on the situation in the Arctic.
All are the creation of Xavier Cortada, artist in residence at Florida International University, whose work is inspired by
Last week, President Obama made a terribly risky decision for the Arctic. His administration cleared the final hurdle that allows for drilling into oil-bearing zones in the Arctic Ocean, approving one of Shell Oil's modified drilling permits for the Chukchi Sea.
Members of the Climate Action Coalition in Portland, OR, together with Greenpeace activists made history on July 30 when they forced the MSV Fennica, Shell Oil's Arctic icebreaker, to stand down, delaying its departure by approximately 40 hours.
Every new ton of oil, coal or gas we burn, or forest we destroy, means more stress for the Arctic and higher risks for us all. Every ton takes us closer to the tipping point, beyond which impacts start spiraling out of control, and action will no longer matter.
Researchers recommend that further study be undertaken to evaluate the potential effects of these microplastics on oceans
Theoretically, we can still pull back via a World War II level green energy mobilization together with rapid and permanent fossil fuel reduction. But we are not stopping. In fact, we are accelerating the process. We can't imagine it. It is our tragic flaw.