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Arctic: the White Gold Rush

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Photo: Steve Morgan - Greenpeace

Rapidly melting icecaps. Drastically diminishing resources. Together these have dramatic effects on the price of crude oil: namely, endless inflation. Not surprising that the largest oil and gas companies have set their sights on conquering the latest in our planet’s final frontiers – the Arctic ocean. This natural sanctuary protected by a climate too harsh for humans, once a sort of no man’s land for adventurers and scientific missions, has today become a veritable political, economic, and ecological battlefield.

Already in Washington, Paris, Stockholm, Brussels and Moscow, unknown to the public, intense negotiations are taking place on the new rules regarding an imminent industrial offensive on the largely untapped hydrocarbon reserves of the Great North.

But this rush for white gold is not without consequences: conflicts of interest, geopolitical power relations, environmental destruction, increased maritime traffic, not to mention the risk of oils spills and nuclear disasters. Can we really believe that there is a zero risk factor in the offshore drilling of a region with such an extreme climate?

This investigative documentary explores the tensions and risks behind this new cold war of the Great North and leads the countdown to the colonization of our Arctic frontier.

Factual > Current Affairs & Crime

Theme(s):
Current Affairs & Crime
Producer(s) & Channel(s):
MC4 / Arte
Director(s):
Tania Rakhmanova
Year:
2014
Versions:
French
Nationality:
France
Available rights:
Worldwide

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