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.
NATO Arctic Security And Canadian Sovereignty In The Far North: here.
The Arctic has in recent weeks become a focal point of geopolitical tensions between Russia and the United States. Given the present rate of global warming, scientists anticipate that the region will be ice-free by the summer of 2030. It is believed to contain a large portion of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves. It is also an important maritime route, one that is increasingly accessible due to the thawing of its ice cover: here.
Denmark has made claim to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean sea-floor, provoking angry complaints from Canada’s elite: here.
This video from Alaska is about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 50th anniversary .
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.
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.
Canada spearheads exploitation and militarization of the Arctic: here.
Is the scramble over the North Pole back on? Here.
Arctic Rivalry: Battle for North Pole Oil Sparks Fears of ’21st-century Cold War: here.
Stunning Images of Canadian Arctic: here.
Canada’s military is planning to intervene much more aggressively in public life, under a new strategy that the head of Canada’s military, Chief of Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance, has dubbed the “weaponization of public affairs”: here.
US admiral claims Russia’s intervention in Syria has implications for Arctic: here.
- Greenpeace protests against Russian offshore Arctic drilling (reuters.com)
- Cindy Shogan: Taking a Stand for Our Arctic Ocean (huffingtonpost.com)
- VIDEO: Russian Arctic wildlife at risk (bbc.co.uk)
- Environmental security in the Arctic: the ‘Great Game’ vs. sustainable security (sustainablesecurity.org)