Down To Earth published an article titled, “Anxiety, angst and anger in the High Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:
Over the years, the Northern Sea Route (NSR) has become an important ‘strategic corridor’ for connecting the once-isolated Arctic region with the centre of global geopolitics, namely, Asia and Europe. However the significance of the NSR also depends partly on climatic conditions which facilitate the melting of ice along with the use of ice breakers.
Along with strategic routes, all the littoral states (of the Arctic Ocean) are competing with each other for huge deposits of natural resources, which, in turn, accentuates the geopolitical vulnerability of this region.
However the melting of the ice because of climate change has also produced its own vulnerability, which, in turn, affects the local ecosystem along with the indigenous inhabitants.
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