20 Sep '11, 5pm

Global warming makes Russia militarize the Arctic:

There has not traditionally been a lot of military presence in the Arctic, given as how it's mostly ice and seals. But now that the ice is melting, it's just mostly seals, and those little buggers are shifty. So Russia is sending in the troops . "Our northern border used to be closed because of ice and a severe climate," said Anton Vasilev, a special ambassador for Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "But the ice is going away we cannot leave 20,000 kilometres unwatched. We can't leave ourselves in a position where we are undefended," Vasilev said, in an interview with the Interfax news agency. This is clearly not just about the effects of increased global warming, but about how we can increase it more in the future. Russia is trying to stake its claim on Arctic oil and gas resources, so the fact that they're now sending two brigades of marine infantry up there -- the bi...

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