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If the Arctic Council can garner more international cooperation, as
it did through admitting China, then it will open the door to sharing
research and knowledge among many different groups and state
actors.This could prove to be beneficial in finding a more sustainable
solution to Arctic governance, since more people would be working
towards the solution. Moreover, China’s presence and participation as
an observer will strengthen the “legitimacy, authority and effectiveness of the Arctic Council
originally posted by: Isurrender73
Can't humanity leave just one area of this planet alone? Not every piece of land and sea needs a damn dollar sign attached to it.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Vasa Croe
The retreat of Arctic sea ice has created opportunities for shipping, tourism, mineral exploration and fishing — and with it, a rush of marine traffic that is bringing new difficulties.
Since the ice is retreating, they can drill into the sea floor for oil. The Russians have a jump on that game with over fifty ice breakers. The US has some 6 or 7.
Now Obama wants to use the military to open new territory for the corporations? How about Big Oil pays for the ice breakers themselves?
Because its the Russians…
originally posted by: jrod
a reply to: marg6043
That is really not a good argument. The arctic is loosing ice no doubt, but that does not mean it still won't have ice or still won't freeze in the winter(when there is no sun). This is not much different than holding a snowball and acting like that somehow disproves the notion of AGW.