The scramble for the North Pole

nov
12

The scramble for the North Pole

Na de val van de Muur
As Arctic sea ice rapidly melts, tensions rise over the area’s vast resources. Political geographer Dr Duncan Depledge on a looming clash between East and West.

The Arctic is warming faster than any other place on earth. Some recent estimates even indicate that the area could be ice-free during summer from 2040 onwards. With new sea routes opening up and enormous oil and gas reserves to be discovered, Russia is already spending billions to dominate the region. And while China is also laying claim to the area, calling itself a ‘near Arctic state’, other polar powers, such as the US and Canada, are now forced to catch up. Who will control the melting Arctic? And what will happen to environmental protection and the rights of indigenous people? In this lecture Dr Duncan Depledge will discuss what the future holds for one of the last frontiers.

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Date & time
Tuesday November 12 2019 (20:00-21:30)
Language
English
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