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Melting arctic ice

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By Arthur I. Cyr

"What about the rest of the North?" asked McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation, back in the 1970s while considering yet one more grant to help the troubled Native Americans of Alaska. The initial reaction of a young staffer asked to research the question was that the boss was making some reference to the Civil War.

That was not his point, nor was he talking about the global contrast between rich and poor nations, described as the "North-South Divide." Instead, Bundy referred to the Arctic, where nations share problems. As usual, though not always, he was right.

Today, melting polar ice encourages both commercial investment and nationalism. Neither the Obama nor Trump administration has given priority to Arctic developments, but that does not change the hard reality that important challenges are underway.

In that context, the apparently casual reference to buying Greenland by President Donald Trump is useful in drawing attention to Northern latitudes.........

© The Korea Times