The Economist publishes special report on the Arctic

economistOn newsstands this week is the Economist’s special report on the Arctic. The region merits special attention because “no longer distant or inviolable,” the Arctic “has emerged, almost overnight, as a powerful symbol of the age of man.” With analyses on climate change, science, politics, natural resources, shipping, and biodiversity, the June 16-22 edition of the magazine is definitely worth picking up (or reading online). The crux of the report involves weighing the environmental damage caused by climate change against the benefits mankind will receive from new shipping routes and oil and gas resources. The magazine soberly concludes, “Arctic riches unlocked by global warming will not begin to make up for the costs of climate change.”

Mia Bennett

Mia Bennett is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and School of Modern Languages & Cultures (China Studies Programme) at the University of Hong Kong. Through fieldwork and remote sensing, she researches the politics of infrastructure development in frontier spaces, namely the Arctic and areas included within China's Belt and Road Initiative. Read Mia Bennett's articles

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