Disaster Response a Major Issue in the Melting Arctic
The melting Arctic landscape is creating a new set of global relationships.
As the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding environment continue to thaw, changes are taking place rapidly. The dramatic transformation of habitats is endangering native species such as the polar bear, pressuring indigenous populations and creating a brave new world of geopolitical and commercial relationships. As sea ice melts and Arctic maritime passages open, militaries and corporations alike are jockeying for access to shipping lanes, resources and influence.
New analysis is pointing to a stark realization – that the ability for the eight circumpolar nations to respond to disasters in this new arena is extremely limited. Should the emerging Arctic experience an ecological crisis from an oil spill or a humanitarian crisis from a major shipwreck, national response capabilities may be highly inadequate.
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