The Great Arctic Grab

As a university student of ecology and evolutionary biology, I would prefer that the Arctic remain largely untouched and unspoiled [Oct. 1]. But since profit-driven exploitation of this increasingly accessible area is inevitable, substantial fees should be imposed on corporations and nations that profit from what ought to be considered world heritage. Moneys collected could aid biodiversity conservation and ameliorate poverty. But it's more likely that we will see the traditional unholy alliance of nationalism, greed and business as usual.
Fred Drumlevitch, TUCSON, ARIZ., U.S.

It is a shame that our world leaders, when faced with...

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