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Is it time for environmentalists and big business to put their differences aside and devise a sustainable solution for the Arctic region, asks James Gray

By James Gray  

The ice in the Arctic is melting at a rapid rate

Read Greenpeace’s response to James Gray’s argument on Arctic drilling

Environmental and economic concerns collided in parliament last week. On Wednesday morning, a cross party consensus was reached that the 30 Greenpeace activists arrested by the Russians while trying to board an oil rig, incarcerated in harsh conditions in Murmansk and charged originally with piracy (maximum penalty 15 years), now reduced to hooliganism (which still merits seven years in Russia) were being dealt with unnecessarily harshly.

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