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Oct. 04, 2011

Oil rigs vs. icebergs: A climate change clash of colosssi

by Neil Wagner

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This summer, two Canadian ice shelves that were in place before Europeans settled the area have been melting … a lot. One is on the verge of melting away completely. Some of the ice has been set adrift on the ocean. No biggie, except we’re talking about icebergs. Icebergs that have potential to run into offshore oil facilities and shipping lanes. Plus their absence from the shoreline sabotages conditions for microbial life along Canada’s coast.
 
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