Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic

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ABC-CLIO, 2009 - History - 232 pages
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A growing number of scientists estimate that there will be no summer ice in the Arctic by as soon as 2013. Are we approaching the "End of the Arctic?" as journalist Ed Struzik asked in 1992, or fully entering the "Age of the Arctic," as Arctic expert Oran Young predicted in 1986? "Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic" looks at the uncertainty at the top of the world as the shrinking of the polar ice cap opens up new sea lanes and the vast hydrocarbon riches of the Arctic seafloor to commercial development and creates environmental disasters for Arctic biota and indigenous peoples.

"Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom" explores the geopolitics of the Arctic from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective, showing how the warming of the Earth is transforming our very conception of the Arctic. In addition to addressing economic and environmental issues, the book also considers the vital strategic role of the region in our nation's defenses.

 

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Contents

Arctic Spring
1
2 The Geopolitics of Snow and Ice
7
3 An Arctic Imperative?
45
4 From Cold War to Warming Earth
69
5 Polar Uncertainties
103
6 The End of the Arctic
137
Notes
165
Bibliography
195
Index
225
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Barry Scott Zellen is the research director of the Arctic Security Project at the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, where he is also the deputy editor of Strategic Insights.