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Arctic Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Arctic

  • Arctic-sea-ice-drilling-shell-2
    The Obama administration has tentatively approved Shell’s plans to begin oil extraction off the Alaskan coast this summer. Federal scientists estimate the Arctic region contains up to 15 billion barrels of oil, and Shell has long fought to drill in the icy waters of the Chukchi Sea. Environmentalists warn Arctic drilling will pose a risk to local wildlife and exacerbate climate change. They fear that a drilling accident in the icy Arctic...
    May 14, 2015 | Story
  • Shell-seattle-protest-arctic-drilling-2
    The Port of Seattle has voted to seek the blockade of rigs used by the oil giant Shell for its planned drilling in the Arctic this summer. Shell has signed a lease to station its rigs in the Puget Sound while it drills for oil in pristine and highly remote waters in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska. The Port of Seattle’s board called for a legal review of Shell’s plans and a temporary postponement of its docking. The move...
    May 14, 2015 | Story
  • Meltdown
    Watch part two of our look at a new investigation that tells the story of seven American hikers who went on a wilderness adventure into polar bear country in Canada’s Arctic tundra — and faced a harrowing attack. Scientists say climate change is greatly impacting polar bear habitat.
    November 17, 2014 | Web Exclusive
  • S4-arctic1
    We look at a new investigation by the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, InsideClimate News, titled “Meltdown: Terror at the Top of the World." It tells the story of seven American hikers who went on a wilderness adventure into polar bear country in Canada’s Arctic tundra — and faced a harrowing attack. But despite taking proper steps to protect themselves, a polar bear came to their camp in the middle of the night and pulled one...
    November 17, 2014 | Story
  • 0925_seg03_kumimarch
    The People’s Climate March, which saw hundreds of thousands around the world take to the streets for action on global warming in New York City, was followed this week by a United Nations climate summit in which world leaders advanced an agenda devoid of binding commitments. We discuss this global climate week and what comes next with Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International. On the eve of the climate summit, Greenpeace...
    September 25, 2014 | Story
  • Greenpeace-chuprov1
    The "Arctic 30" are back in court today in Russia where they have been held for two months after being detained in a direct action against Russia’s first Arctic offshore oil rig. State prosecutors have asked Russian judges to extend the detention of the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists by three more months, saying they could flee the country if they were released on bail. As hundreds of cities took part in a global...
    November 18, 2013 | Story
  • Kumi_naidoo-greenpeace
    Six activists with the environmentalist group Greenpeace International have occupied a Russian oil rig to protest drilling in the Arctic. The rig belongs to the Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, which is set to become the first company to produce Arctic oil through drilling operations in the Pechora Sea. We go to the rig to speak with Greenpeace’s executive director, Kumi Naidoo, just as he and other activists are being hosed by...
    August 24, 2012 | Story
  • 2012-0720_polar_bear
    As the oil giant Shell prepares to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic, activists across the world have begun holding protests. The Obama administration has set a deadline for next month to decide on whether to grant the final drilling permits. Over the last decade, Arctic Alaska has become the most contested land in recent U.S. history. But in addition to oil, natural gas and coal, the Arctic is rich in biodiversity and has been home to...
    July 20, 2012 | Story