Barry Scott Zellen
Arctic, North Pole, commercial interests, commercial development, enterprise, environment, environmental disasters, uncertainty, Arctic biota, indigenous peoples
The ongoing, accelerating Arctic thaw is recalibrating the ecosphere around the North Pole at an ever-increasing rate. With the Northwest and Northeast Passages simultaneously opening up in 2008 for the first time in history, it is also making the region much more accessible to commercial interests. Can a balance between enterprise and the environment be struck in the Arctic?
A growing number of scientists estimate that there will be no summer ice in the Arctic by as soon as 2013. Are we approaching the “End of the Arctic ?” as journalist Ed Struzik asked in 1992, or fully entering the “Age of the Arctic ,” as Arctic expert Oran Young predicted in 1986? Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic looks at the uncertainty at the top of the world as the shrinking of the polar ice cap opens up new sea lanes and the vast hydrocarbon riches of the Arctic seafloor to commercial development and creates environmental disasters for Arctic biota and indigenous peoples.
Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom explores the geopolitics of the Arctic from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective, showing how the warming of the Earth is transforming our very conception of the Arctic . In addition to addressing economic and environmental issues, the book also considers the vital strategic role of the region in our nation’s defenses.
Barry Scott Zellen, Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic ( Praeger , USA 2009)