Two-thirds of polar bear population will be lost due to ice loss by 2050 (Image: Bjorn Alfthan/UNEP - www.grida.no)
November 2011 Monthly Subscribers Newsletter
6th November, 2011
Welcome to the November subscribers newsletter, this month concentrating on the future of the Arctic, the wildlife trade in Laos, and coal mining in Spain. To access this content, log in and scroll down to the bottom of the page...
Carving up the Arctic
As we enter the end of the age of oil, it is clear that most of the world's easily accessible oil has already been produced. Oil companies are now moving offshore into the last hydrocarbon frontiers - deepwater and the Arctic Ocean.
The dangers of deepwater drilling came into sharp focus in 2010 with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, where 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico over a 3-month period. Another high-risk environment is the Arctic Ocean, which geologists suggest may be the last significant oil and gas frontier left. As decisions are made on oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, we need to understand and acknowledge the risks.
First, even if nothing goes wrong, there would be unavoidable impacts from each phase of oil development in the Arctic Ocean - seismic exploration, exploratory drilling, production platforms, pipelines, offshore and onshore terminals, and tankers.
Offshore oil development will include airplanes, helicopters,...
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