On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year's environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.
Twenty-year-old college student Chiara D’Angelo spent 66 hours over Memorial Day weekend chained to the anchor of a vessel slated for use by the Royal Dutch Shell oil company in exploratory drilling operations off the coast of northwestern Alaska.
Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. In the long term, that could spell doom for one of the last great relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.
Petroleum corporations are warned they may face a damaging backlash if they try to resist mounting pressure and high profile campaigning for climate change legislation.