The Russian government filed a lawsuit last week against Norilsk Nickel due to the company’s refusal to pay a 147 billion rubles (2 billion USD) fine for the environmental damage and cleanup costs following a massive diesel fuel spill that occurred this past spring.
Spring is a particularly important time for polar bears. Polar bear mothers emerge hungry from their snow dens with their young cubs after fasting for four months. They need to hunt and replenish their energy quickly so they can continue to nurse their cubs. But as climate change continues to warm the Arctic, sea ice melts earlier in the summer and forms later in the fall.