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He lives in Essex. The story is not about Arctic sea ice retreat, but also about globalization and natural resource development driving future Arctic marine transport.

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To save you and us! If your question is not listed here, feel free to contact us. The Arctic: land of ice and the midnight sun; irresistible goal for explorers and adventurers; enduring source of romance and mystery - and now also a poignant and imperative indicator of the impact of climate change.

As the ice cap shrinks, the geography of the entire arctic region changes: clear shipping channels replace immovable ice and inaccessible oil resources become available. What are the long-term consequences of these cataclysmic changes - not only environmental but also political and social? How will the lives of those who depend on the natural resources of the Arctic be changed?

And how will global powers who wish to exploit the region's many assets respond? In August , for the first time in recorded human experience, the two historic routes across the Arctic Ocean - the North-East Passage known to the Russians as the 'Northern Sea Route', and the North-West Passage through the Canadian archipelago - were simultaneously open and ice-free.

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In his densely reported new book, Cold Front , the British defense correspondent David Fairhall, who covered the last ecological disaster approaching this scale — Chernobyl — for the Guardian , does not fall into this trap. Journalists burdened by reality are inevitably stuck with the fact that reality is not as sexy as disasterism, and I can name at least one writer — myself — who has been guilty of highlighting some bellicose moments in recent Arctic history. Five years ago, when I witnessed friendly Canadians firing live ammunition into the Northwest Passage and running mock drills aimed at pacifying American merchant vessels, I briefly believed that global warming was making anything possible.


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Up was down, ice was water, and even Canada and Denmark were picking fights. But the Arctic has one more thing in great abundance — petroleum — and this is having an oddly stabilizing effect on polar politics even as it begins to wreak havoc on the polar environment. Geological Survey.

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In a zero-sum, winner-takes-all, scorched-earth world, that could be a prize worth fighting over. So five countries have an opportunity to lay claim to what might otherwise belong to all of humankind.

Were the United States truly worried about Arctic warfare, we would have more than one functioning polar icebreaker. And were Russia worried — well, who knows. But it will likely be not warships but an international legal agreement, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that decides who controls what in the Arctic.

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Canada, Denmark, and Norway are in the process of doing the same. The treaty-shy United States, meanwhile, is one of the few countries in the world that has yet to ratify the Law of the Sea. The Kremlin surely knows this.