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Continued: Changes and challenges at the top of the world

  • Article by: JOHN RASH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 1, 2013 - 6:37 PM

The changes in climate, culture and commerce in the Arctic may not reverse. Indeed, they may accelerate as Arctic ice melts and opens up frozen shipping lanes as well as making mineral and fossil-fuel extraction easier. “Civilization’s juggernaut” is coming, if it has not already arrived.

Pasch, comparing today with Steffanson’s time, said that “he perceived the Arctic as a hub, where all continents and other land masses stemmed out almost as spokes on a wheel.”

Then, describing his work — but reflective of the broader changes, challenges and even opportunities in the Arctic — Pasch added that “what I’m trying to do is to reconcile some of what Steffanson saw as preserving the wisdom and knowledge of the Inuit people coupled with economic development.”

 

John Rash is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. The Rash Report can be heard at 8:20 a.m. on Friday on WCCO Radio, 830-AM. On Twitter: @rashreport.

 

The Star Tribune Editorial Board and the Minnesota International Center are partners in “ Great Decisions,” a monthly dialogue discussing foreign-policy topics. Want to join the conversation? Go to www.micglobe.org.

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