Poor Mr. Polar Bear. When he's not jumping from melting ice chunk to ice chunk trying desperately not to drown, he's avoiding the floating Russian nuclear power stations and their potential toxic waste.
You read that correctly, fellow Net denizens. Coming soon, Mr. Polar Bear and his brethren will be sharing real estate with a ring of floating, self-sustained nuclear power stations. It's all part of Russia's—and the world's—ongoing thirst for energy.
Environmentalists are understandably outraged over the impact said stations could have on an already endangered area of the globe, and if polar bears could talk, I imagine they'd be outraged too.
Said a rep from Bellona, a Scandinavian environmental watchdog group, "[The plan]is highly risky. The risk of a nuclear accident on a floating power plant is increased. The plants' potential impact on the fragile Arctic environment through emissions of radioactivity and heat remains a major concern. If there is an accident, it would be impossible to handle."
Oh, and there's this fear that Russia will simply dump the radioactive waste into the Arctic Sea anyway, which they've done before on several occasions. To date at least 12 nuclear reactors from decommissioned Russian submarines have been dumped, along with more than 5,000 containers of solid and liquid waste.
Pretty soon the ocean will be like a 24/7 aurora borealis up there. A wonderful, cancer-causing aurora borealis. [Guardian]