- Southern Ocean Showing 'Remarkable' Revival in Carbon Absorption Ability (Sept. 10, 2015, The Guardian) about a new report of results from a 30-year study, The Reinvigoration of the Southern Ocean Carbon Sink by Landschützer et al. (Sept. 11, 2015, Science)
- Survey of Republican Voters Shows a Majority Believe in Climate Change (Sept. 28, 2015, NYT)
- Shell Exits Arctic as Oil Slump Forces Industry to Retrench (Sept. 28, 2015, NYT)
This Sept. 28, 2015, BBC article has some helpful maps illustrating the location of the Shell test drilling site with respect to the ice extent and international boundaries.
The Arctic will never be safe from the threat of oil drilling as long as we use oil in our energy stream, but for "the foreseeable future" it is safe from Royal Dutch Shell.
Meanwhile, the Russian oil production project by Gazprom Neft is still active in the Pechora Sea, drilling at the Prirazlomnoye Arctic field, apparently unaffected thus far by sanctions, unlike the Rosneft/Exxon joint drilling project in the Kara Sea.
Still further north from the Gazprom Neft project, the "Goliat" platform, owned by the Italian energy group Eni and Norwegian company Statoil, is in place at the border of the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea. According to the BBC article cited above, it "could soon start producing oil ... within weeks." So, the Arctic Oil Rush is underway, just without one of the world's biggest oil multinationals.