Global warming could trigger a stand-off between world powers over territory and resources in the Arctic as the ice thaws, Nato's chief warned yesterday.
Nato Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Nato would need a military presence in the region to defuse tensions.
'I would be the last one to expect military conflict – but there will be a [Nato] military presence,' he said, ahead of talks with Russia on the subject next week. 'It should be a military presence that is not overdone, and there is a need for political and economic cooperation.'
Sounds like the military presence is already being "overdone" if all the countries laying claim are building their troops and military forces in preparation for these stated new shipping lanes and natural resource reserves opening up.
It will be interesting to see just how quickly we can deplete the natural resources of an untouched area and just how bad the fight for these resources can get.