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Shell executive responsible for controversial Arctic campaign to step down

Campaigners hope move heralds end of programme

The Business Matrix: Monday 18 March 2013

Late payers to face interest charges

US Interior Secretary accuses Shell of 'screwing up' Arctic oil drilling

Shell's beleaguered campaign to produce oil in the Arctic has suffered a further setback after the US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the company "screwed up" its attempt to drill in Alaska last year.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 16 March 2013

Eurotunnel disputes ruling

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The loss if sea ice in the Arctic will allow ships to navigate freely across the North Pole by the middle of the century and could lead to unprecedented geo-political tensions between countries that have territorial claims in the region, scientists said.

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<p>Sir David Attenborough meets a three month old blind black rhino at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya. </p>

'Disputable' climate change comment removed from David Attenborough's Africa

The BBC has re-edited the final episode of Sir David Attenborough's nature series Africa over a "disputable" comment regarding climate change.

Shell sets its sights on a leading role in fracking

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Ice floes off the coast of Greenland. The floes are frozen masses of seawater (saltwater) that float on the surface of the sea. The tracking of ice floes is important to both understanding critical environmental issues such as global warming, and to aid in Arctic navigation. Taken with a Canon EOS-1D X and EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens set to 16mm, exposure was 1/160sec at f/16, ISO400

WWF Arctic conservation expedition gallery

Professional photographer for Canon Europe, Thorsten Milse, recently accompanied the WWF's conservation sailing expedition to the Arctic as part of the WWF Last Ice Area Project.

MPs attack Government 'hypocrisy' over refusal to ban Arctic drilling

An influential cross-party committee of MPs accused the Government of environmental hypocrisy for refusing to push for a moratorium on drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.

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The pressure is mounting on Shell to abandon its quest for Arctic oil after the US government ordered two reviews into the company's activities off the Alaskan coast that could halt its planned drilling campaign.

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