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Science Lags on Saving the Arctic From Oil Spills

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Science  11 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5946, pp. 1335
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1335

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Global warming is raising the possibility of a devastating oil spill in the Arctic, as melting sea ice attracts more shipping and energy exploration. But the United States is ill-prepared to prevent and recover from spills in this ecologically fragile region, say scientists and policymakers. So they are asking the U.S. government to reinvigorate the national oil-spill research program with a focus on the Arctic.