A new race to the North Pole is underway – but not on sleds by bearded and wild-eyed adventurers looking for new challenges. The latest pioneers tend to be clean-shaven, hard-nosed salesmen in scheduled aircraft flying in to make money out of a bleak landscape. Cold is the new hot for Big Business and the melting ice caps have triggered a flurry of oil drilling, ore digging and bulk shipping. The chilly waters off Alaska, Siberia and Greenland have all been earmarked for new energy exploration. Mega-mines, such as the Mary river ore deposits in Canada and 300 miles inside the Arctic Circle, are being prepared for exploitation.
This ebook looks at the commercial opportunities brought about by the fast-developing industrialisation of the far north, together with the attendant environmental threats and challenges to the traditional way of life of the indigenous peoples of the region. It is a topic that can only become more headline-dominating and controversial, and this collection of Guardian writing provides an indispensable overview of an increasingly pressing matter.
"Terry Macalister's insightful collection of essays is a real call to arms for those shocked by the complacency of our political leaders and the failure to stem the corporate pillage of natural resources." Caroline Lucas MP