Stephen Leahyâ€™s article (published by the Inter Press Service) on the â€œuncharted territoryâ€ of an ice-free arctic makes interesting reading. Â Itâ€™s not just a problem for the indigenous peoples of the circumpolar region. Â Itâ€™s not just a problem for polar bears, although they are faced with extinction as a result. Â And in that context talking about it being a problem for us because itâ€™ll change our weather seems facile.
What is interesting is reading it having just been reading Farley Mowatâ€™s Canada North Now: The Great Betrayal. Â The Second Edition was published in 1976, and whilst the impact of extraction industries on the landscape and culture of the North was foremost in the authorâ€™s mind, at that time the Arctic Sea Ice was a given. Â There is no sense in this book of the Polar Ice Cap changing. Â In 36 years weâ€™ve gone from assuming that itâ€™s a given, a permanent feature of the world, to a point where one summer itâ€™ll be gone and the news will cover the first ship at the North Pole. Â Itâ€™s quite a change. Â The speed of change is what we seem to be unable to grasp.
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