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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: August 2013

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Natural Resources

  • Melting Arctic reveals new resources and political struggles

New trade routes and untapped mineral deposits are just a couple things being revealed by the ever-thinning ice in an increasingly warm Arctic. This year alone nearly 400 ships passed through Russia’s exposed Northern Sea Route, an Arctic waterway along the country’s northern coast, and that number is expected to grow substantially in the coming years.

Eight countries – Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States – currently have a stake in the Arctic. Those eight nations have created an Arctic Council to coordinate policies surrounding the new territory. However, political tensions are beginning to rise over concerns of passage rights through the newly opening icy waters, and the fact that the United States has yet to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea is complicating some negotiations. 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; Sophia Ford, AGI/AAPG Fall Intern; and Brittany Huhmann, Clinton Koch, and John Kemper 2013 AGI/AIPG Summer Interns.

Sources: The American Meteorological Society, the Arctic Council, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Register, the House of Representatives, National Academies Press, National Park Service, Nature Geoscience, Scottish Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Space Policy Online, Union of Concerned Scientists, United Nations Environment Program, United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Government Printing Office, U.S. Senate, the White House

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Compiled September 9, 2013

 

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