Monday, January 12, 2009

The Arctic

Oil and People in The Arctic

Cartographer: Hugo Ahlenius/UNEP/GRID-Arendal

"The Arctic represents one of the least populated areas in the world, with only sparse settlements and very few large cities and towns - in comparison with e.g. continental Europe. The largest cities are in Northwest Russia, and Reykjavik is the only national capital in the Arctic. The extraction of natural resources has emerge as a main interest and priority in the Arctic region, and this may cause increases and shifts in population."

The Arctic is vulnerable to begin with. Oil and other natural recources are abundant in this area and we need to improve our Earth observation skills and infrastructure and security measures. At least....

No comments: