Los Angeles Times on how melting ice caps poses safety concerns in newly navigable water 'The rapid melting of the polar ice cap is turning the once ice-clogged waters off northern Alaska into a navigable ocean, and the rush to grab the region's abundant oil and mineral resources by way of new shipping lanes is posing safety and security concerns for Coast Guard patrols." Worry that drug dealers, arms merchants, and terrorists will transport in the area has the U.S. planning for more security in the area.
New York Times on how the U.S. helped a businessman dump in the ocean Businessman Russ George convinced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to loan him ocean-monitoring buoys for an ecological project on the coast of Canada. Problem: That project required unloading 100 tons of iron dust into the ocean. 'Though the environmental impact of the foray could well prove minimal," the story says," it raises the specter of what they have long feared: rogue field experiments that might unintentionally put the environment at risk."
The Guardian on why the world's biggest oil producer wants to use renewable energy Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud of Saudi Arabia told the Global Economic Symposium that he wanted the country to be powered entirely by renewable energy sources so that "that it could use its vast oil reserves for other goods, such as plastics and polymers. ""Oil is more precious for us underground than as a fuel source," he said. "If we can get to the point where we can replace fossil fuels and use oil to produce other products that are useful, that would be very good for the world."
Kansas City Star on Alaska's argument for keeping polar bears off the endangered list Alaska wants to kick polar bears off the endangered species list. The state's lawyers claim using the global warming argument isn't enough, and that polar bears are doing just fine. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on the other hand, says sea ice melting means polar bears will be gone by 2050. Judges were skeptical of Alaska but have yet to rule.
Wired with how Marsden Farm's organic-industrial combo is the future of agriculture Matt Liebman and Adam Davis, both researchers, wanted to find a way to do large scale farming with fewer chemicals. One plot used chemicals, and another only used chemicals when needed in "therapeutic measures." Ultimately, they used eight times less herbicide, 86 percent less fertilizer, and produced just as many crops.