The Refuge E5: Path Dependence
When the debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge first emerged, most people had never heard of global warming. So over the last four decades, the controversies over oil in the Refuge and climate change evolved on different tracks.
Now, those tracks are intersecting. We dive into the resulting tensions and contradictions around oil and climate in this final episode of our miniseries on the Refuge.
Each season, Threshold explores one story from the natural world, and what it says about us. This miniseries is the capstone project for our two-and-a-half years of reporting in and on the Arctic.