The Arctic is melting and the sea level is rising–but it won’t rise evenly around the globe. In the US, oceanographers tell us that the East coast will be the first place in the US that will be inundated. From Cape Hatteras to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster in the East than they are in the rest of the world. Since 1990, the Atlantic Ocean has been rising at an annual rate that is 3 to 4 times faster than the global average.
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The next war may be when China tries to reclaim Taiwan OR it may be when Russia tries to reclaim the Arctic. Russia’s defense minister says the military will deploy two army brigades–of thousands of soldiers each–to help protect the nation’s interests in the Arctic. Russia, the US, Canada, Denmark and Norway have all been trying to claim parts of the Arctic, which are believed to hold up to a quarter of the Earth’s undiscovered oil and gas.
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We once predicted that World War III would be fought over the moon, but now it looks like it will fought over the newly-opened (thanks to glacier melt) passage in the Arctic.

The Northeast Passage from Russia to Asia is a shortcut from the traditional route through Europe, the Suez Canal and around India. It’s a great opportunity for Russia, which wants to sell more oil and gas to energy-hungry china. But Canada is already making a rival claim to the territory.
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