When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
The temperature of the Barents Sea could increase by nine degrees Celsius by the end of the century, if no action is taken to curb greenhouse gas emissions. And that could spell doom for many important fisheries, like cod and haddock.
There’s nothing new about placing bets on horse races or sports teams. But now, thanks to a program called WellBet, people can try their luck at betting on oil and gas exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf.