Inbox: Oct. 15, 2007

The Great Arctic Grab

As a university student of ecology and evolutionary biology, I would prefer that the Arctic remain largely unspoiled [Oct. 1]. But since exploitation of this increasingly accessible area is inevitable, substantial fees should be imposed on corporations and nations that profit. Moneys collected could aid conservation and ameliorate poverty. But it's more likely that we will see the traditional unholy alliance of nationalism and greed. Fred Drumlevitch, Tucson, Ariz.

The Arctic belongs to mankind as a whole, not to the region's border states. Devising a treaty to enforce that is simple: you just have to copy and...

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