December 11, 2013

Why Canada Wants to Claim the North Pole

Katie Drummond, The Verge

The Associated Press

It'll take decades for the UN commission to even evaluate Canada's submissions — they get to around four each year, and have a backlog of more than 40 related to waterways around the world. And drilling in the inhospitable, outer reaches of the Arctic is even further off. But Byers worries that Canada's aggressive stance on the North Pole will create diplomatic tensions far before any commission decision. "An overly ambitious application creates problems with Russia. And there's no reason to create problems with Russia," he says. "But it's a well-known fact that a lot of politicians don't look beyond the next election."

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