Cold Rush: The Astonishing True Story of the New Quest for the Polar North (Hardcover)

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The heating Arctic has become a key issue in global politics. While Canada, China, Russia, and the United States send submarines and icebreakers to militarize the North Pole, the ice itself continues to recede, creating new trade routes and new opportunities for mining gas and oil. With more Arctic land mass than any other country, Canada is a major player in the region, claiming sovereignty over the continental shelf and the Arctic Archipelago. In 2014 the Kingdom of Denmark, through its colonial claim on Greenland, declared ownership of the entire European hemisphere of the Arctic. Denmark’s claims on a territory larger than Scandinavia overlap with more than five hundred square kilometres claimed by Russia, who has planted a flag on the ocean floor underneath the North Pole. In Cold Rush Martin Breum describes an aggressively militarized Arctic, with researchers encountering Russian submarines, spy-plane pilots flying over aircraft carriers, and the inhabitants of Greenland forced into a new, contentious place in international relations. What is quietly unfolding in the polar north is turning into a “great game” for territory and for resources such as oil, uranium, and nickel, all set against a backdrop of environmental destruction caused by climate change. Cold Rush brings this story to life in vivid detail.

About the Author

Martin Breum, a renowned Arctic expert, is lead correspondent for the Arctic Journal and a journalist for the Danish Broadcasting Association.

Praise For…

"Breum has the journalistic ability to remain objective yet share the perspectives of each nation's leaders and show the intricacies of their interactions. This provides a richness of insight that makes Cold Rush an uncommonly intriguing work of nonfiction." Foreword Reviews

"This is an important and refreshing addition to literature on Arctic politics, seen through the journalistic eyes of Martin Breum. It is also one of the few contributions that has a particular focus on Denmark and Greenland which deserves attention in its own right. A highly readable book that I can recommend to anyone interested in Arctic affairs." Geir Hønneland, director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and author of Russia and the Arctic
Product Details
ISBN: 9780773553637
ISBN-10: 0773553630
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2018
Pages: 264
Language: English