19 Oct '11, 11am

#Arctic special report: Putin’s Russia will lead a ‘new era of Arctic industrialisation’

#Arctic special report: Putin’s Russia will lead a ‘new era of Arctic industrialisation’

Autumn is the shortest of all seasons in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk. Lying on the edge of the Arctic circle, sub-zero temperatures arrive as early as September. By deep winter they can be -40C in the short-lived daylight hours. Such a hostile climate has, until recently, deterred many from venturing further north, despite the promise of an abundance of oil, gas and minerals like nickel, copper and uranium. But late last month, the sun was unusually warm in the city as Russia's power-maker and president-elect Vladmir Putin arrived at a conference on the Arctic to set out his ambitions for a new era of development in the region. This will include offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling, new sea terminals, infrastructure and the promotion of a commercial shipping route through the increasingly ice-free Arctic Seas - nothing short of an industrialisation of the Arct...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1092215/pu...

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