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Save The Arctic from Shell and Gazprom

Geschreven op 18-1-2014 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Milieu Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

The melting Arctic is under threat from oil drilling, industrial fishing and conflict. You can Save The Arctic. Sign the petition to join the millions who believe in protecting the Arctic. We want to create a global sanctuary around the North Pole, and ban offshore drilling and destructive industry in the Arctic.

In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it’s now in a ‘death spiral’.

For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean. It’s melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, and in the near future it could be ice free for the first time since humans walked the Earth. This would be not only devastating for the people, polar bears, narwhals, walruses and other species that live there – but for the rest of us too.

The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space and keeps our whole planet cool, stabilising the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food. Protecting the ice means protecting us all. Source: Save the Arctic

It is time to Save the Arctic.

Save the Arctic from Shell and GazpromStop Deepwater Drilling for Oil in The Arctic: It’s Time to Go Beyond Oil – Ben van Beurden Nieuwe CEO van Shell – Shell Stopt met Olieboringen in de Arctic: Winst voor het Milieu

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    18 januari 2014 om 11:31 | Permalink

    Confronting Arctic oil. Who wins in the struggle to protect the Arctic: state-backed Russian oil giants? Or common sense?

    A new Arctic oil rush is starting. Shell, BP, Exxon, Gazprom, Rosneft and others want to risk a devastating Arctic oil spill for only three years’ worth of oil. The same dirty energy companies that caused the Arctic to melt in the first place are looking to profit from the disappearing ice. They want to open up a new oil frontier to get at a potential 90 billion barrels of oil. That’s a lot of money to them, but it’s only three years’ worth of oil to the world.

    Previously classified government documents say dealing with oil spills in the freezing waters is “almost impossible” and inevitable mistakes would shatter the fragile Arctic environment. To drill in the Arctic, oil companies have to drag icebergs out the way of their rigs and use giant hoses to melt floating ice with warm water. If we let them do this, a catastrophic oil spill is just a matter of time.

    We’ve seen the extreme damage caused by the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters – we cannot let this happen in the Arctic. We need a ban on oil drilling in Arctic waters. Sign now.

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