2012-09-23. A Melting Greenland Weighs Perils Against Potential

posted Sep 27, 2012, 7:41 PM by Lisa Ou
| by Elisabeth Rosenthal, The NY Times. An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: Vast new deposits of minerals and gems are being discovered as Greenland’s massive ice cap recedes, forming the basis of a potentially lucrative mining industry. This could be momentous for Greenland, which has long relied on half a billion dollars a year in welfare payments from Denmark, its parent state. Mining profits could help Greenland become economically self sufficient, and may someday even render it the first sovereign nation created by global warming...But the rapid transition from a society of individual fishermen and hunters to an economy supported by corporate mining raises difficult questions. How would Greenland’s insular settlements tolerate an influx of thousands of Polish or Chinese construction workers, as has been proposed? Will mining despoil a natural environment essential to Greenland’s national identity — the whales and seals, the silent icy fjords, and mythic polar bears? Can fishermen reinvent themselves as miners?.... Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/science/earth/melting-greenland-weighs-perils-against-potential.html?ref=science