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UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate

by Mark Boyer, 02/19/13
filed under: environmental destruction, global warming, News

This week, the United Nations’ Environment Programme released a new report warning that a rush for Arctic resources would threaten an already fragile ecosystem. As Arctic ice melts at a rate never seen before, many are concerned by the unfolding ecological catastrophe—but others are seeing dollar signs. Melting ice is making it easier for humans to extract minerals and fossil fuels from the Arctic—which, ironically, is the very activity that is causing the ice to melt.

In September, Arctic sea ice reached the lowest levels on record, and scientists have warned that if the trend continues Arctic ice could all but vanish in the next 20 years. Global warming, the result of manmade CO2 emissions, is to blame for the rapid loss of Arctic ice, but that knowledge hasn’t stopped industrialized nations from continuing to plunder the earth’s resources.

Read more: UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate — Inhabitat.

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