News item dated 28.5.2011
WikiLeak cables show fears that Arctic resources rivalry could lead to military conflict between Nato and Russia.
Melting of the polar ice cap has made Arctic resources more accessible.
Photograph: John Mcconnico/AP
The US government has signalled a new determination to assert its role in Arctic oil and gas exploration by sending secretary of state Hillary Clinton and other ministers to a summit of the region’s powers for the first time. Clinton and the US secretary of the interior, Ken Salazar, were both at the biennial meeting in the Greenland capital of Nuuk amid fears by environmentalists of a “carve up” of Arctic resources that could savage a pristine environment.