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Latest update : 2017-06-23

Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

The Arctic and Antarctica are warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, with the amount of sea ice lost equal to the size of Mexico (when we compare what we have today to previous averages). The consequences are devastating, ranging from rising sea levels to endangering local ecosystems.

But as the polar ice caps melt, they also make it easier to extract a raft of resources, including gold, silver and copper, as well as oil and coal. They’re our newest frontiers and money-hungry industries are itching to get their hands on them.

This week Down to Earth explores whether it’s possible to exploit the North and South Poles without damaging them. Even if it is feasible, should it be pursued?

By Marina BERTSCH , Shona BHATTACHARYYA , Mégane VERDIER

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2017-10-19 China

Is China exporting its pollution?

China may be the world's champion of renewable energy, but its actions abroad are not always in line with a country truly committed to fighting climate change. With the United...

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2017-10-06 terrorism

Is a bioterrorist attack possible?

The threat of a biological terrorist attack is now longer merely science fiction. From anthrax to smallpox and Ebola, scientists worry terrorists could turn biological agents...

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2017-09-19 Brazil

Amazon rainforest pays heavy price for Brazil's political crisis

After promising signs that Brazil's Amazon was recovering from a devastating period of deforestation, alarm bells have been set off again. The number of hectares of felled forest...

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2017-09-05 USA

Not so green: Why cannabis has a hefty carbon footprint

As cannabis enjoys unprecedented acceptance in parts of the United States, many are asking whether this budding industry has considered its environmental impact. Growing just...

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2017-08-29 Justin Trudeau

Canada's Trudeau under fire for environmental record

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been hailed as a climate hero. He was quick to allocate funds to green initiatives and presided over Canada’s signing of the Paris...

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