Friday, 24 January 2014

How Green is My Greenland?

The melting of the Arctic ice appears likely to produce profound changes in Greenland (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/23/climate-change-risks-greenland-arctic-icecap). The removal of the white obstacle is encouraging a potential invasion of mining and oil prospectors attracted to the new accessibility of abundant natural resources. Although this might well improve the economy of the region (perhaps at the expense of further exaccerbating climate change), these activities will exert real pressures on the largely Inuit populations. I think a certain degree of caution is needed. There is even a suggestion that Greenland will seek complete autonomy from Denmark.

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