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Environment

The Arctic Chessboard

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorMay 20, 2011 5:19 PM

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Taking note of this news out of Denmark, Time's Ecocentric blog wondered,

Is the scramble over the North Pole back on?

As I discussed here, the scramble has been on for a few years already. I call it the global warming = Arctic geopolitical hot spot narrative. Over at the Natural Security blog, the wonks have a cautiously optimistic perspective:

The recent announcement that the Arctic Council agreed to coordinate search-and-rescue missions is a good indicator that cooperation is possible. But as Arctic nations assess their own national interests, friendly competition may be a trend that will continue to emerge among our longtime allies. It is hard to tell at this point, but it's a trend worth watching.

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