Cold Rush; The Astonishing True Story of the New Quest for the Polar North.

Author:Silverstein, Barry
Position:Book review
 
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Martin Breum; COLD RUSH; McGill-Queen's University Press (Nonfiction: Ecology & Environment) 34.95 ISBN: 9781788312424

Byline: Barry Silverstein

Even as climate change causes the perilous decline of Arctic ice, an international race is taking place to determine which nation will control the area's vast natural resources. Arctic expert Martin Breum offers an eyewitness account of a decade of jockeying for position by Canada, Denmark, Greenland, Russia, and the United States.

As early as 2007, Denmark called for a conference that, as Breum reports, ostensibly sought peace among these five nations; more importantly, it was about "securing the riches in the Arctic for themselves." The resulting Ilulissat Declaration established a power structure based on international collaboration.

In his reportage, Breum documents how things have turned out to be more complex in the decade following the Declaration. Tracing the changes that have occurred over the years, the book is a chronology of the fascinating posturing of the nations who wish to control Arctic resources. Intertwined with the quest for such riches is the desire by Greenland to gain...

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