Friday, January 30, 2009

Arctic's Thaw Brings Security Risks For NATO

From Yahoo News/AP:

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – NATO will need a military presence in the Arctic as global warming melts frozen sea routes and major powers rush to lay claim to lucrative energy reserves, the military bloc's chief said Thursday.

NATO commanders and lawmakers meeting in Iceland's capital said the Arctic thaw is bringing the prospect of new standoffs between powerful nations.

"I would be the last one to expect military conflict — but there will be a military presence," NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told reporters. "It should be a military presence that is not overdone, and there is a need for political cooperation and economic cooperation."

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My Comment: I have been up north (northern Quebec) on numerous occasions. The beauty of the wilderness is breathtaking. The Arctic is truly one of the last untouched areas of the world, but I do expect everything to change in the next decade.

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