Mar 11, 2014
A Global Warming Resource Rush
Posted on Feb 19, 2013
The disappearance of ice from the planet’s North Pole currently in progress means unprecedented access to minerals and energy that have been trapped beneath the surface for ages.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2013, released Monday, led U.N leaders to touch on the event.
“What we are seeing is that the melting of ice is prompting a rush for exactly the fossil fuel resources that fueled the melt in the first place,” said Achim Steiner, U.N. under-secretary-general and UNEP executive director.
“As the UNEP Year Book 2013 points out, the rush to exploit these vast untapped reserves has consequences that must be carefully thought through by countries everywhere, given the global impacts and issues at stake.”
In September, the area of Arctic sea ice reached its lowest measurement on the satellite record, which dates back to 1979. Scientists say the region could be ice free during the summers by 2030-2040.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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