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Shell Ends Arctic Drilling Operations

Shell has abandoned its Arctic drilling operations, yesterday announcing it will cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future. The decision comes as the oil giant has been under increasing pressure from environmentalists and businesses to halt its drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean. After exploring the … Read more »

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Shell Exits Climate Change Corporate Leaders Group

Royal Dutch Shell is no longer a member of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group — a leading climate change advocacy group it helped start 10 years ago. Shell’s departure comes as environmentalists increasingly call for the oil company to halt its drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean. A … Read more »

Arctic

Climate Change Boosts Some Arctic Industries

Shipping, fishing and tourism in the Arctic are getting a boost from climate change — but at a price, says Reuters, adding the economic benefits aren’t a “cold rush.” Temperatures in the Arctic are rising twice as fast at the world average. This thaw has brought new industries to the icy … Read more »

Save the Arctic Protest in UK Legoland

Lego, Shell ‘Put Cash Before Kids, Environment’

Lego is putting cash before kids and the environment, says a Greenpeace report that calls on the world’s biggest toy company to stop making toys with Shell’s branding. Greenpeace says the oil giant is threatening the Arctic and that Shell is using Lego to neutralize controversy over its climate impacts … Read more »

Arctic Growing Season Does Not Offset Permafrost Thaw Emissions

The extended growing season in the Arctic that has occurred as a result of the warming climate does not offset the carbon emissions being caused by permafrost thaw, according to a study by the Woods Hole Research Center. According to Permafrost degradation stimulates carbon loss from experimentally warmed tundra, published in … Read more »

ABS Advisory Promotes Safe Shipping in Arctic Waters

Global maritime classification services organization ABS has published an advisory to help shipowners navigate in Arctic waters safely and efficiently, while also minimizing their environmental impact. Commercial shipping routes through the Arctic seas are becoming increasingly popular as melting ice floes in the Northern Sea Route (NSR) have opened transit … Read more »

Arctic Shipping Rules Address Pollution, not Ballast Water

The latest sign that warming temperatures are creating economic opportunities in the Arctic: the International Maritime Organization is close to agreeing new shipping rules for the region. Nations are discussing the Polar Code, a set of pollution rules and safety improvements that could go into force by 2016, Reuters reports. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Ontario Ditches Coal, Wind Farm Guilty in Bird Deaths

Ontario’s last coal-burning power plant is due to close in the next year, and premier Kathleen Wynne plans this week to introduce a bill, the Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, to ban coal in the province entirely. Wynne hosted Al Gore at a public event to celebrate the ahead-of-schedule closure of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Gas Tank Standards, Train Rules, Chevron Fines

The EPA issued updates on Monday to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first. Storage tanks emitting 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent, with deadlines of April … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GMO Crop Delay, Arctic Strategy, McCarthy and Moniz Votes

Democrats will attempt another vote on Gina McCarthy’s nomination for EPA administrator on Thursday, the Hill said. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who is ill, will travel to Washington to enable a quorum in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Republicans boycotted a vote last week as they sought more information about … Read more »