Opposition grows to Norway’s plans to look for oil in the Arctic

The Guardian – Perched 200km north of the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten islands in Norway paint a picture-perfect image of serenity. High mountains plunge into the sea, villages of brightly painted wooden houses nestle on the shores of sheltered bays, while fishing boats pull gently on their anchors. But underneath the surface, the Lofoten islands are the latest battleground for the right to exploit the polar region’s oil and gas resources, with local fishermen and environmentalists hoping to defeat a multi­billion pound industry.

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