Huge worldwide support for Arctic sanctuary: Greenpeace poll

Ice-covered Arctic Ocean, pictured in this NASA satellite image, on September 3, 2010
Ice-covered Arctic Ocean, pictured in this NASA satellite image, on September 3, 2010

Creating a sanctuary to protect international waters surrounding the North Pole would be supported by a huge majority of people across 30 countries, a Greenpeace poll said.

A total of 74 percent of reported they were in favor of a formally protected area, while only 17 percent said they were against the idea.

The survey, released Thursday, which was conducted across all continents by Canadian firm Riwi, said nine percent of respondents had no opinion.

Support for the move reached 72 percent in Russia and 78 percent in Canada, the largest countries bordering the Arctic Ocean.

Some 84 percent of Italians and South Africans, but only 57 percent of the Japanese favored creation of the sanctuary.

People in Argentina, Italy, India and South Africa expressed the strongest support for the move.

A total of 71 percent of respondents meanwhile wanted a ban on oil drilling and heavy industry in the Arctic Ocean, but the number dropped to 66 percent when it included industrial fishing.

Only 1.5 percent of the Arctic Ocean is protected water, less than any other ocean in the world, Greenpeace said.

The online poll, conducted from August 8-28, surveyed 30,679 respondents.

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Sep 05, 2014
How were poll participants selected? Just happened to be on line and interested in taking the poll?

Sep 05, 2014
One respondent stated that the area was already well protected, by a formidable elf defense force, and any trespassers on his property would undoubtedly end up on his "naughty" list.

Sep 08, 2014
Zero percent of Polar bears responded.
The AGW Cult blamed this on Global Warming and proceeded to heap praise on their False "Profit" Al, for prophesying their extinction.

Sep 08, 2014
It is easy to tell those professionals from those whose aim is political, not scientific.

Sep 08, 2014
Can we fight Big Money to save the Earth?

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