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RandomUser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:20 AM
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Global warming spurs Arctic Circle land grab and species migrations
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 05:21 AM by RandomUser
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Now it's on the front line of the race to claim the North Pole, a modern scramble for the Arctic that has pitted tiny Denmark against its Nato ally Canada, with Russia and the United States lurking in the wings.

At stake, in what could be the last great territorial land-grab, is the promise of untold mineral riches that has prompted an increasing number of governments to throw tens of millions of pounds at scientific and military missions in a bid to get ahead.

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An eight-nation report in November revealed that the Arctic was warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet and that the North Pole could be ice-free in summertime by the end of the century. Around the Arctic, salmon are moving up into more northerly waters, hornets are beginning to buzz and barn owls are appearing in regions where indigenous people have never seen a barn. The Arctic report said polar bears were "unlikely to survive as a species" if the ice disappeared and they were left to compete with their better-adapted brown and grizzly cousins.

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The race to claim new territory is, in large part, about regaining long-lost status. "It is all surreal," says Ole Kvaerno, director of the Institute of Strategy and Political Science at the Royal Danish Defence College. "It really strikes me that various nations have begun to make these impossible territorial claims ... What will be the next territorial claim: space?"



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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:39 AM
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1. Now it's quite clear..................
why the US wouldn't sign the Kyoto Accords and has ramped up their "clear skies" initiative. :tinfoilhat: Get rid of all that pesky ice then harvest every bit of animal, mineral and vegetable available. Very sneaky Bushie, very sneaky. What a diabolical plot, and here all this time I just thought they were stupid!

<aside to NYT and FOX, this is a joke, we all know they're not that smart>
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