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New resource rush

March 2008

How are climate change and new ocean laws affecting global patterns of resource ownership?

New resource rush

As Arctic sea ice cover melts to its lowest known level, the ocean floor beneath is beginning to give up its secrets.

The rush is on to find new mineral wealth and many of the world’s major players – including Russia, Canada and the US – are staking their claims.

Meanwhile, an important deadline for international ocean law is approaching and nations everywhere are trying to snatch a bigger piece of the sea bed for themselves. Everyone is on the outlook for greater “energy security” - before time runs out!


This article will have particular appeal for GCSE and A-level candidates who are studying population and resources as well as current energy topics. It also puts the spotlight on governance of the natural environment.

Teachers may find this to be useful preparatory reading for GCE 2008 courses, especially:

  • OCR 2008 AS topic The Energy Issue (the study of the global pattern of energy supply)
  • Edexcel 2008 A2 topic Energy Security (the impacts of energy insecurity)
  • AQA 2008 AS topic Energy Issues (global patterns of energy supply)

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