Published on Sep 16, 2010
A warmer climate, plentiful fresh water, an abundance of land for development, and access to rich deposits of minerals and hydrocarbons currently frozen under Arctic sea ice. These are among the assets that could position Canada as a global power by 2050 as climate change transforms geopolitics says UCLA scientist Laurence Smith in his new book The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future.
There’s a preview in the Vancouver Sun today, where Smith is quoted as saying:
“As worldwide population increases by 40 per cent over the next 40 years, sparsely populated Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and the northern United States will become formidable economic powers and migration magnets.”
“While wreaking havoc on the environment, global warming will liberate a treasure trove of oil, gas, water and other natural resources previously locked in the frozen North, enriching residents and attracting newcomers.”
“Those resources will become available precisely at a time when natural resources elsewhere are becoming critically depleted, making them all the more valuable.”
I think I’ll be putting this one on my reading list.