Heating Up

The rise in temperature around you is not just melting the Polar Cap (Let’s here for the birth of the Northwest Passage!) but heating up political tension among the U.S., Iceland, Norway, Russia, Canada, and Denmark. Discover ranked the story of these nation carving up the Arctic like lonely frat boys on Saturday night tackling a case of beer and large pizza number 5 out of 100 for 2008.

maritimeboundariesOver the last two years Russia and Norway have filed for territorial expansions to the U.N. and its likely the other country will follow.  Russia planted a flag on the Artic floor less for scienetific exploration and more for a public proclmation of ownership.  Then Canada is boosting thier Arctic naval divisions possible including the construction of new base and production of new vessels.  Key members in the current administration have spouted off at the mouth about claims.  But its not just a shipping lane these countries are positioning for.  The loss of ice means easier access to fisheries and oil.  Thank god I can eat crappy fish sticks and drive my big SUV for another 5 years.  Global warming is not all bad!

The International Boundries Research Unit at Durham University has all the details including the fancy map above.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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One comment on “Heating Up
  1. I wouldn’t worry too much about Canada. We’re a pretty peaceable nation and despite the current prime minister’s noises, he is running a minority government. That means he has to get along with everyone else, including the Bloc Quebecois, which represents the interests of Quebec (and separatism theoretically but it’s mostly dead in the water). Like I said, we mainly get along. The only hijacker Canada every had hijacked a bus, which got stuck in the mud in our national capital. He got quietly led away and nobody was hurt.

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