WATERS – FOR NOW
Pawn Patel from Minnesota prepares to take a midnight swim in the Arctic at Barrow, the USA’s northernmost city. Barrow, in Alaska, has become the new frontier in the fight against climate change, with activists opposing Shell’s plans to do offshore exploration drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, about 160km from Barrow. Despite the protests, Shell’s drilling rig, the Polar Pioneer, left Seattle’s harbour for the Arctic on 15 June. The Arctic holds about 27bn barrels of recoverable oil, according to US government estimates.