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How global climate change and the hunt for resources will impact on the Arctic environment.
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Climate change: the Inuit now have a word for ‘robin’

Climate change: the Inuit now have a word for ‘robin’ | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
What’s happening in the Arctic now is what will be happening to us in the next few decades, unless people act fast.
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Climate change alters the Arctic ecosystem

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The melting north

The melting north | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
STANDING ON THE Greenland ice cap, it is obvious why restless modern man so reveres wild places. Everywhere you look, ice draws the eye, squeezed and chiselled by a...
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Unique ecosystems, and perhaps many species, will be lost in a tide of environmental change. The cause is global pollution, and the risks it carries are likewise global. The Arctic, no longer distant or inviolable, has emerged, almost overnight, as a powerful symbol of the age of man.

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Arctic indigenous group protests to UN after Russia's 'suspension order'

Arctic indigenous group protests to UN after Russia's 'suspension order' | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
The Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) has filed a critical report with the United Nations' Human Rights Council after the Russian government issued an "activities suspension" to the group.
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Russia failed to carry out its "voluntary pledge" to support improvement in conditions for indigenous residents in the country's Arctic regions. These conditions of improvement include, but are not limited to, land rights, the rights to self-determination, food, education, health and work for Arctic residents.

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Carving up the Arctic

Carving up the Arctic | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
Is rapid ice melt changing the world's geopolitical landscape?
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The melting of the Arctic ice reveals enormous resources.

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Yikes! Government Details 6 Most Terrifying Arctic Trends

Yikes! Government Details 6 Most Terrifying Arctic Trends | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
NOAA 's seventh-annual Arctic Report Card gives world a G for grim.
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The retreat of the Arctic ice.

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Sovereignty issues loom as Arctic sea ice shrinks - Business - CBC News

Sovereignty issues loom as Arctic sea ice shrinks - Business - CBC News | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
As Arctic ice disappears — a factor that is also at play in this summer's search for the lost ships of Sir John Franklin's 1845 mission — the world focus on the region's resources intensifies, and the question of who owns the Arctic becomes much...
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A rush for oil, gas and minerals is beginning on the roof of the world.

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Too much to fight over

Too much to fight over | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
THE GEOPOLITICS OF the new Arctic entered the mainstream on August 2nd 2007. Descending by Mir submersible to a depth of over 4km, a Russian-led expedition planted a...
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The Politics behind the wilderness.

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Could we refreeze the Arctic? Scientists suggest radical solution to global warming

Could we refreeze the Arctic? Scientists suggest radical solution to global warming | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
Two recently published studies explore the possibility that a technological solution could be found to the problem of global warming melting the ice caps on the North Pole.
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We could refreeze the Arctic, proposed a paper in Nature Climate Change. It wouldn’t even cost that much, said an affiliated study in Environmental Research Letters.

 

The question is should we?

 

“In terms of pure technical capacity, any significant nation in the world could do it,” said David Keith, a Calgarian and professor of applied physics at Harvard University, one of the lead authors in both studies.

“The really hard questions here aren’t mostly technical. They’re questions about what kind of planet we want and who we are.”

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Climate change brings Arctic resources closer

Climate change brings Arctic resources closer | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
The latest map documenting the territorial ambitions of Canada, Russia, Denmark, Norway and the United States shows an area adjacent to the pole that is, at least notionally, unclaimed. Think of it as Santa Land — for now, anyway.
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Who Owns the Arctic? A Stocktaking of Territorial Disputes | The Global Journal

Who Owns the Arctic? A Stocktaking of Territorial Disputes | The Global Journal | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
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Territorial claims in the Arctic lay the scene for resource exploitation

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Melting Arctic heats up resource scramble

Melting Arctic heats up resource scramble | Laying claim to the Arctic | Scoop.it
Interactive map shows countries positioning to gain access to shipping lanes and oil deposits as ice coverage shrinks.
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Geopolitics and climate warming in the Arctic heats up the battle for its huge resources now becoming accessible and economically viable.

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