On Our Radar: Nations Race to ‘Carve Up’ Arctic

Melting ice on the western coast of Greenland.

A stream of leaked diplomatic cables reveal a race by Arctic nations to “carve up” the region, as melting ice, driven by climate change, opens up potentially vast natural resource reserves, including billions of barrels of oil. The cables cite warlike language from Russian officials, who have aggressively asserted claims over large swaths of the Arctic seafloor. [BBC]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/9483790.stm

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