The oil and mineral race is on in the Artic. Last month, Russian scientists began making claims the Arctic region belongs to Russia. Now, geographers are claiming the Arctic is an extension of a geographic feature in Russia known as the Lomonsovov Ridge. Unfortunately, for the Russians the same ridge is found in Greenland which raises questions as to whether or not Denmark owns the Arctic. Obviously, this eventually will wind up in the hands of the United Nations.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the UN established claim to the Arctic and promised to respect the region’s environment in any effort to extract wealth? This could become the first area of the world owned and governed by the world. Its riches would benefit all areas of the world.