17.05.2013 - Rare earths, oil, gas, other commodities up for grabs
It won't be long before the essential raw minerals and commodities of the planet's Far North such as rare earths, oil and gas get gobbled up by the industrialists. On Wednesday, the Arctic Council granted China, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore new Observer States status. Essentially, the six nations gained rightful entry to listen in on meetings of the council, as well as propose and finance policies. Observers, however, do not have powers related to decision making within the council. "Many of the applicants wrote that they wanted to become observers because they are interested in arctic science," Swedish Arctic Council Chairman Gustaf Lind said...............................................Full Article: Source
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