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    Trump Plans to Aggressively Expand Offshore Drilling in Protected Areas

    Trump Plans to Aggressively Expand Offshore Drilling in Protected Areas

    President Trump plans to sign an executive order today intended to aggressively expand drilling in protected waters off the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The new EO will direct U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to review the current offshore drilling plans, which limits most drilling to parts of the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Cook Inlet, […]

    Our Plastic Habit Now Pollutes the Arctic Ocean

    Our Plastic Habit Now Pollutes the Arctic Ocean

    Ocean plastic has reached the northernmost ends of the earth. The remote and icy waters of the Arctic Ocean are also being inundated by this form of non-biodegradable pollution. According to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, currents carrying trash, originating mostly from the North Atlantic, are flowing north into the Greenland […]

    Exxon Seeks to Bypass U.S. Sanctions to Drill in Russia

    Exxon Seeks to Bypass U.S. Sanctions to Drill in Russia

    By Nika Knight Exxon is applying for a waiver from the U.S. Treasury Department to bypass U.S. sanctions against Russia and resume offshore drilling in the Black Sea with the Russian oil company Rosneft, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Among those charged with deciding to grant the permit is Sec. of State Rex Tillerson, […]

    22,000 Years of Climate History Melt Away After Freezer Malfunction

    22,000 Years of Climate History Melt Away After Freezer Malfunction

    Ice cores containing tens of thousands of years of invaluable climate information melted away after an “unprecedented” double malfunction of a CAD $4 million (USD $3 million) storage facility at the University of Alberta in Canada. The warming left “pools of water all over the floor and steam in the room,” Martin Sharp, a university […]

    Greenland’s Coastal Glaciers in Terminal Decline

    Greenland’s Coastal Glaciers in Terminal Decline

    By Tim Radford By the century’s end, some of Greenland’s ice will have vanished forever. New research shows that the coastal glaciers and ice caps are melting faster than ever before and may have already reached the point of no return two decades ago. That is because they have passed the stage at which they […]

    BP Arctic Oil Well Still Leaking, Too Unstable to Shut Down

    BP Arctic Oil Well Still Leaking, Too Unstable to Shut Down

    BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials spent the holiday weekend trying to repair a leaking oil well on Alaska’s North Slope. Officials said the well is too unstable to shut down because of frigid temps in the high Arctic, but have released the pressure on one of the main leaks. It appears that 1.5 […]