This video is about Arctic wildlife.
By Louis Girard in Canada:
Canada’s “Northern Strategy” and the militarization of the Arctic
10 September 2010
Since assuming power in 2006, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has made the assertion of Canadian capitalist interests in the Arctic region a priority. Harper has made five visits to the Arctic since taking office, including a five-day tour late last month.
The Canadian ruling elite, like those of the neighbouring Arctic Ocean coastal states, views the melting of the Polar ice cap, due in part to global warming, as an opportunity to make huge profits. Competition for control over the region’s lucrative resources has exploded in recent years.
Canada’s Far North comprises a full 40 percent of the country’s landmass. It is the site of immense energy resources, which have become increasingly accessible as the Arctic sea ice melts. The region is thought to have the equivalent of 90 billion barrels of oil and as much as a quarter of the world’s yet to be discovered oil and natural gas.
Melting of the permanent ice is also opening up a new intercontinental maritime route, the famed Northwest Passage, which by shortening the distance to be travelled between Europe and the Asian Pacific, will allow shipping companies to save substantial transportation costs. For the country that controls the Passage, this would be a highly valuable asset.
Harper’s Arctic visit was the occasion for his government to seek a rapprochement with the US, in order to promote Canadian interests in the Arctic in opposition to Russian claims in the area. …
But the policy is fraught with contradictions. Despite the policy paper’s claim that “Canada does not anticipate any military challenges in the Arctic,” the immensity of the natural resources coming into play is inevitably pushing both medium and great powers—including the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark and Norway—to develop their military presence in this region.
Russia and Norway have signed an accord which agreed their border in the energy-rich Barents Sea: here.
This is a Dutch TV video on the Norwegian-Russian agreement.
The foreign ministers of Russia and Canada are shaping up for a battle over their respective countries’ rival claims to Arctic resources: here.
NATO Arctic Security And Canadian Sovereignty In The Far North: here.
The Netherlands and the Arctic: here. And here.
This video from Alaska is called Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 50th Anniversary Video Trailer – Caption Version.
Beautiful footage of Arctic glaciers – disappearing due to warming waters VIDEO: here.
Spring Cleaning in the Arctic: Putin’s Environmental Action Plan for the Far North: here.
New blog post from the Arctic: There are only two tree species in this tundra “forest”: here.
David B. Williams, Climate Story Tellers: “Something strange happened in the Soviet Union and the United States in the 1950s. During a period when both countries were focused intently on space, nuclear weapons, and post-war development, two environmental issues made national headlines. Even stranger, the places that attracted attention were thousands of miles from either of the political centers in Moscow or Washington, D.C., in some of the most isolated parts of each country. Against these odds, however, Lake Baikal and what later became known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge transcended politics and geography to emerge as powerful environmental symbols”: here.
Check out these amazing photos of creatures under the Arctic sea ice of the White Sea: here.
WikiLeaks+Greenpeace+BBC documentary on Arctic carveup released: here.
Denmark plans to lay claim to the North Pole and other areas in the Arctic, where melting ice is uncovering new shipping routes, fishing grounds and drilling opportunities for oil and gas, according to a government document leaked on Tuesday: here.
Is the scramble over the North Pole back on? Here.
Stunning Images of Canadian Arctic: here.