Elizabeth Plantan

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Last month, the spectacle of Greenpeace activists scaling the Russian Prirazlomnaya oil-drilling platform drew international attention to the Arctic as an arena for political competition. This dramatic act coincided with a report by the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder that the Arctic sea ice cover had melted to its smallest extent since satellite records began in 1979 — even with a few more weeks remaining in the melt season. Some scientists expect to see an ice-free summer by 2030.

The previous record was set in September 2007, which was just after Russian scientists completed the first manned descent under the geographic North Pole and planted a Russian flag on the Arctic sea floor.…  Seguir leyendo »