10 décembre 2013

Fight heats up over future control of the North Pole

The debate over which country may hold eventual jurisdiction over the North Pole moved into high gear yesterday, as Canada made a submission to the United Nations that leaves open the door for further Arctic claims.

The decision holds symbolic significance and could ultimately determine whether Canada or another nation holds rights to drill for oil, gas and minerals at the top of the world. It also could lead to tensions among Canada, Russia and Denmark, which have made similar claims to the seabed of the North Pole.

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Joël Plouffe

Joël Plouffe

Doctorant, École nationale d'administration publique