Shell’s decision to suspend its Arctic operations comes after a federal appeals court ruled last week that the U.S. government had not properly assessed the risks of drilling in the Arctic before it sold leases for exploration drilling back in 2008.
A 2013 study found the rate of warming since 1900 is 50 times greater than the rate of cooling in the previous 5000 years, which threatens to destroy the stable climate that enabled civilization. A new study confirms again that recent warming has been unprecedented in speed, scale, and cause.
Shell's ambitions to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska received another blow Wednesday, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Interior Department had failed to adequately assess the scale of oil production that could result from the 2008 sale of leases in the Chukchi Sea.
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After three months awaiting trail, activists detained in Russia for protesting an offshore drilling rig have been released. The unexpected move is widely seen as a push for an improved international image as Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.
By 2100, ocean acidification is predicted to increase by 170 percent if current rates of greenhouse gas emissions continue. More acidic water will make the oceans unlivable for about 30 percent of ocean species.