Thursday, November 20, 2008

Arctic melting - Countries more interested in resources than fighting climate change

Arctic ice cap is melting rapidly due to the global warming. But countries instead putting serious efforts to fight against climate change and global warming are more concerned to obtain share of natural resources such as oil, gas, minerals that are now more exposed because of melting. Countries like Russia, USA, Canada, Norway and now EU are focusing to exploit natural resources on Arctic rather than doing something that would stop current ice melting rate.

As the polar ice melts more and more new shipping lanes are opening exposing valuable natural resources. Involved countries are interested in claiming as much territory as possible by offering different evidence that some part of the territory legally belongs to them ( Denmark for instance is gathering scientific evidence to show that the Lomonosov Ridge, a 1,240-mile underwater mountain range, is part of the Greenland, geological extension of the island that belongs to them).

It is really same old story once again. When there's a need for serious action to save our planet from global warming and climate change all we have is lot of talk and no action, and when there is a chance of exploiting natural resources nobody waits, and action is everywhere. Once again world has showed its greedy face, face that could cost us dearly in years to come.

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