We spotted this on MSN and felt it had relevance to both the environment and, given our main prism, the economy as well.
The potential environmental impact is clear. What also becomes painfully clear is the warming climate is not only changing migratory patterns of Arctic wildlife, but then has the potential to shift, in a big way, water levels, tides and lots of anticipated coastal damage. The other economic consideration is the pending fight over gas and oil exploration in an area already under siege and increasingly fragile.
Could we not do a better job with efficiency, drive down the demand for oil and gas, and find ways of expanding production through renewable sources? The technology and knowledge is out there--we've reported on amazing examples of net zero developments, electric vehicles, alternative fuels, carbon-reduction programs. Let's drive down consumption and reduce not expand our drilling of lands that should be protected and preserved.
We don't think that compromises the economy. We believe it shifts emphasis to a new, green, clean future of great new jobs and many new, vibrant industries.
Here's the story:
The gathering of walrus on shore is a phenomenon that has accompanied the loss of summer sea ice as the climate has warmed.