A highly interesting book by Professor Joseph F. C. DiMento on the Arctic has just been published by Anthem Press.
The book, Polar Shift, addresses how to sustain the Arctic's richness, beauty, and local and global value. It describes programs specifically created to protect this region: the great inventory of law, policy, and civil society activity targeting the sustainability of the region. It presents the Arctic and its present environmental health and competing ideas of how it can be improved with specific recommendations.
The book is about the Arctic's past and how it was envisioned, about its environment, its people, and their cultures.
Polar Shift describes how the changing of the Arctic matters and to whom. It asks: Is it of serious concern if the Arctic becomes warmer? If its glaciers shrink away and its polar bears are found in zoos only? If cultures and traditions based on cold are changing? Is it acceptable if cultures adapt to a less cold world?
What if it's warming, thawing, melting, and other changes reflect significant global environmental shifts? What if the Arctic's instability affects society as a whole: if it bodes for bad changes: sunken cities throughout the world, cultural practices precluded, traditions and languages lost, species gone extinct, major metropolitan areas so hot as to be unlivable, and massive movements of people from inhospitable regions?
Why does it matter which countries are considered Arctic nations? Countries want to be seen as Arctic for several reasons. They may want access to a boom of extractable resources: oil, gas, and special metals. Some nations have a deep interest in protecting the Arctic, preserving what is pristine, and improving what is threatened. And some want to influence major international transit routes and rules for going through them to save time and money for international trade. Nations also view the region for significant security and military concerns. Who has and should have a decision-making say on these questions is a matter of high global stakes.
About the author: Joseph F. C. DiMento is professor of law and of planning at University of California, Irvine, and friend of the Arctic. He writes, teaches, and lectures on international environmental law and society.
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