With respect to global warming:
Charles Clover reports for Seafood.com.news (paid registration required to read news stories) that "Russia building trawlers to exploit Arctic." (November 1):
Russian trawlers are already being built to exploit the Arctic seas opened up as the sea ice shrinks as a result of global warming, scientists warned yesterday.
Yet the international agreements which constrain oil, gas and fisheries activities in the High Arctic are at best rudimentary and at worst defective, a meeting in London heard yesterday.
Much of these fish will be in international waters and a race to exploit them and the oil and gas supplies in Arctic waters is already on. Russia has lodged a claim to the waters as far as the North Pole...
A year ago, I posted on new transportation routes that may be opened by the melting of the ice cap: Over the top (of the world) (Ben Muse, Oct 10, 2005). The future may be bright for Churchill, Manitoba.