President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States needs to quickly acquire at least one new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where melting sea ice has spurred more traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.
A new report released today by Oil Change International and Greenpeace USA details a clear case against drilling for oil in the Arctic ocean based on climate science imperatives.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been forced to divert resources – including a vessel that fights cocaine trafficking – to the Arctic this summer to ensure that Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling meets its environmental and safety commitments, its top officer said.
Capt. Jason Hamilton, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Healy, talks about the cutter’s missions in the Arctic this year. U.S. Coast Guard video by Lt. Anastacia Visneski.
Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July.
This study presents an emissions inventory based on scenarios for growth in marine vessel traffic in the U.S. Arctic in 2025. At current fuel sulfur levels, the study finds, pollutant emissions from ships in the region could increase 150 to 600 percent by 2025.
The Arctic video offers a preview of a new paradigm for business: harsher environments, higher public scrutiny and a greater need to engage with stakeholders.