The melting of the Arctic has brought a call from the European Union to coordinate internationally on the use and preservation of newly accessible resources such as fossil fuel and fish.
The EU’s External Relations Commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, talked about raw materials and responsibility: “We are aware that exploitation is already going ahead in some places and could be profitable. However given the very specific character of this region, we think that the exploitation of natural resources must be sustainable and comply fully with strict environmental standards.”
Brussels also said the rapid recession of sea ice, snow cover and permafrost were helping to accelerate global warming. It warns that preparations must be made in case scientific predictions that sea levels will rise prove true.