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Canada Extends Jurisdiction In Arctic Area

Canada has decided to extend its jurisdiction in the Arctic area by doubling the range at which Canadian environmental laws and shipping regulations from 100 nautical miles offshore to 200. “Whether is is the thawing of the Northwest Passage or the suspected resource riches under the Arctic seabed, more countries are taking an interest in the waterways of the Canadian Arctic,” said Prime Minister Harper. He emphasized the need for Canada to send a clear message to the world that it will make decisions regarding environmental issues regardless of what other nations may believe about that decision. “If you are in Canada’s Arctic, you will be playing by Canada’s rules.”

The Canadian statement raises many issues– will the world now witness a mad dash by nations to claim this or that claim to land that is now frozen. Perhaps, it is time to place these areas under jurisdiction of the United Nations.

Artic Meltdown Continues Say Scientists

Canadian scientists who spent the summer in Arctic regions report there is an unprecedented meltdown occurring in the area. Members of a team from Queens University in Ottawa report that temperatures hit a high of 22C during July when normally the temperature should be lower. “This was exceptional for a place where the normal average temperatures are about 5C.” They found high temperatures were causing catastrophic mudslides in the permafrost as hillside melted. German scientists in the area discovered ice only 1 metre thick instead of the normal 2 metres.

It is ironic these reports come at a time when the Bush administration is having a global warming conference to cover up its own inaction and continual false reports claiming there is no global warming. For years, Bush has argued there is no scientific evidence to support claims about global changes. One can only wonder if an administration which can not confront reality of failures in Iraq is capable of confronting its failures on environmental issues.