Environment

Big Oil in the Arctic Council?

 

Big Oil in the Arctic Council?

Marten Lindberg
12 November 2012

 

Drilling for oil is almost always risky business. Deposits are rarely found in convenient places and drilling is expensive. Even if alternative energies are slowly taking over the energy market, most experts agree that we still need oil. As current wells dry up, therefore, we must also drill in new, more challenging places, like the Arctic seas.

Horrors of war: US, UK munitions ‘cause birth defects in Iraq’

Horrors of war: US, UK munitions ‘cause birth defects in Iraq’

RT, 14 October 2012

US and UK weapons ammunition were linked to heart defects, brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs, according to a recent study. The report revealed a shocking rise in birth defects in Iraqi children conceived after the US invasion.

Can Thailand Avoid Becoming a Modern-Day Atlantis?

Can Thailand Avoid Becoming a Modern-Day Atlantis?

Stephen Finch

September 09, 2012

When Adri Verwey, a Dutch flood expert, arrived in Thailand in early October last year, the country was struggling to prevent a wall of water from flowing southwards to Bangkok. It was also struggling against itself.

Climate change and the Syrian uprising

Climate change and the Syrian uprising

By Shahrzad Mohtadi

16 August 2012

A drought unparalleled in recent Syrian history lasted from 2006 to 2010 and led to an unprecedented mass migration of 1.5 million people from farms to urban centers.
Because the Assad regime's economic policies had largely ignored water issues and sustainable agriculture, the drought destroyed many farming communities and placed great strain on urban populations.

Destertec can be much more than a “Eurotunnel” project for Europe’s energy

Destertec can be much more than a “Eurotunnel” project for Europe’s energy

06 August 2012.

“It is great once you have it but a nightmare getting there,” was the response from Paul van Son, CEO of the Desertec Industrial Initiative, to this opening question during his presentation of the “Desertec” project at the German Marshall Fund’s latest roundtable discussion on the potential for the development of renewable energy in North Africa and linking it into Europe through five interconnectors.

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