A race for what’s left of the planet: The Arctic battleground

A race for what’s left of the planet: The Arctic battleground

For the past 800,000 years, there has always been ice in the Arctic Ocean. But now climate change is causing this ice to melt at an unprecedented rate, with some people predicting that the region’s waters could be completely ice-free as early as 2016. And as the ice melts, energy companies are moving in to try and drill for some of the world’s last untapped oil and gas reserves — the very fossil fuels that caused the ice to melt in the first place.