15 May

China and the Arctic Ocean

China wants involved in decisions about the Arctic:

“Contrary to what you might expect, the reason China wants so badly to be a fly on the wall of the council doesn’t have as much to do with its push to mine the Arctic’s trove of oil, natural gas, and metals. It can negotiate mining and extraction concessions for that on a country-by-country basis.”

(Via Why China oh-so-desperately wants a claim to the Arctic Ocean – Quartz.)

The reasons? Fish and shipping…

03 May

White House getting briefed on Arctic ice death spiral

The Department of Defense worries about global warming play a strong part in my novel Arctic Rising. In particular the Navy’s interest in global warming got my attention and a lot of the research for the novel sparked.

“US national security officials have taken an increasing interest in the destabilising impact of climate change. In February this year, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released its new Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, which noted that global warming will have:

‘… significant geopolitical impacts around the world, contributing to greater competition for more limited and critical life-sustaining resources like food and water.’

The effects of climate change may:

‘Act as accelerants of instability or conflict in parts of the world… [and] may also lead to increased demands for defense support to civil authorities for humanitarian assistance or disaster response, both within the United States and overseas … DoD will need to adjust to the impacts of climate change on its facilities, infrastructure, training and testing activities, and military capabilities.’

(Via White House warned on imminent Arctic ice death spiral | Nafeez Ahmed.)

30 Apr

If you liked Arctic Rising, you might enjoy this pilot: Borealis

Interesting TV pilot that I haven’t had time to try and watch. Recently SF Signal gave it a go and liked it. Here’s the whole thing:

SF Signal had this to say:

“This reminds me of a couple of things that I’ve seen on bookshelves lately – Tobias Buckell’s Arctic Rising and Margaret Atwood’s story Bearlift, and this seems like it could have been an early foray into climate-focused science fiction on the small screen, something that we’ve seen already in books in the couple of years.

What stood out for me is that Borealis was a surprisingly smart production: it’s plot was impeccable, both setting up a world and characters, all the while having a superior story to boot, making it better than most of the productions that make it to the television. It’s a bit of a shame that it wasn’t picked up for a full series, because if this was the starting point, where it ended up could be really interesting.

At the end of the day, Borealis is a great hour and a half that stands fairly well on its own. Hopefully, we’ll see something like it make the rounds again at some point.”

(Via TV REVIEW: Borealis (Pilot Episode) – Watch a Fantastic 90 Minute SciFi Debut Right Here! – SF Signal.)

29 Apr

Alberta wants Arctic route in North Canadian harbor

Another whiff of the future that my novel Arctic Rising was playing with due to global warming:

“The oil sands pipeline would have to cross roughly 2,000 miles of Arctic tundra and wetlands to get to Tuktoyaktuk, population 930. The village’s natural harbor would have to be upgraded to accommodate the increased commercial activity.

Tanker traffic would probably be limited to the summer months because the Beaufort Sea is iced in for much of the year. However, warming temperatures are keeping the Arctic ice-free for longer periods each summer.”

(Via Oil sands: Alberta eyes Arctic route to get its bitumen to market — 04/26/2013 — www.eenews.net.)

04 Apr

Interagency calls for integrated Arctic approach due to rapidly changing environment

Via Fred Kiesche. I imagine we’re going to see more of this sort of thing…

“Interagency Working Group Calls for Integrated Management and Planning for a Rapidly Changing Arctic

Launches new Arctic Science Portal; Underscores need for streamlined, ‘whole of government’ approach with stakeholder, Alaska Native engagement”

(Via Interagency Working Group Calls for Integrated Management and Planning for a Rapidly Changing Arctic.)

18 Mar

Another little piece of Arctic Rising’s world coming true

Uh huh:

“Since 2006, each of the Arctic nations has adopted its own security policy to safeguard its sovereign rights. What they must do now is compare their separate security policies, identify the ways in which those policies reinforce or conflict with one another, and then balance national interests with common interests.

How, for instance, will each nation position its military and police its territory? How will the Arctic states deal with China and other nations that have no formal jurisdictional claims but have strong interests in exploiting Arctic resources? How will Arctic and non-Arctic states work together to manage those resources beyond national jurisdictions, on the high seas and in the deep sea? Without ratifying the Convention on the Law of the Sea, a 1982 treaty governing use of the world’s oceans, how can the United States cooperate with other nations to resolve territorial disputes in the ocean?

NATO’s top military commander, Adm. James G. Stavridis of the United States Navy, warned in 2010 of an ‘icy slope toward a zone of competition, or worse, a zone of conflict’ if the world’s leaders failed to ensure Arctic peace.”

(Via Preventing an Arctic Cold War – NYTimes.com.)