There’s a new country claiming sole ownership of the North Pole


Originally posted on Quartz:

The race for ownership of the North Pole is hotting up.

After 12 years and $50 million of research, Denmark has surveyed the 2,000-kilometer-long underwater mountain range that runs north of Siberia and concluded that it is geologically attached to Greenland, the huge autonomous territory that, along with the Faroe Islands, is controlled by Denmark. (Denmark’s broader strategy on the Arctic can be found here. (pdf))

As a result, the kingdom is claiming 895,541 square kilometers (556,463 square miles) of the North Pole—an area about 20 times the size of Denmark. “This is a historical milestone for Denmark… [and now] comes a political process,” the Danish foreign minister, Martin Lidegaard, said. “I expect this to take some time. An answer will come in a few decades.”

In 2008, the five nations with claims to the area—the US, Russia, Norway, Canada and Denmark—all pledged to resolve their differences under the framework…

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POLAR ICE CAP GONE


According to reports today, it is more than likely that there will be no ice on the North Pole this northern summer. The northern ice pack has been steadily melting for years and this will be the first time in modern times that this type of event has occurred. According to the US scientist who is predicting this, there is a 50% probability of the event happening.

What amazes me is that people can still deny global warming and that human activity is to blame for the warming crisis. Surely this is further proof that global warming is occurring and that something needs to be done about it as soon as possible.

There will be dire consequences should global warming continue at it’s current rate, let alone the rapid increase in warming that is taking place. Certainly shipping will benefit from having a northern sea free of ice and Greenland may enjoy being able to plant more varied crops, but there are major problems with global warming. There will be continued water shortages across whole continents, major changes in environments and habitats, as well as the decline and probable extinction of certain species, such as the Polar Bear that needs ice to survive. Severe weather events are already growing in number around the world and bringing chaos to major cities and remote areas alike.

Now is the time to act and perhaps the rapidly rising fuel costs will force the necessary changes upon us.