Giving Compass' Take:

• The Atlantic discusses how industries in Maine want to build trading relationships with Arctic nations as these connections could prove valuable from the newly accessible fossil-fuel and mining exploration caused by the Arctic ice melt. 

• How would these potential connections help those living in the Arctic? How could trade prove beneficial in other ways aside from financial?

Here's how the arctic communities are grappling with climate change. 


PORTLAND, Maine—A less icy Arctic is coming, and generally speaking, that’s not a good thing. Climate change is warming this region twice as fast as the global average, threatening wildlife and indigenous communities. Melting permafrost in Greenland and the Arctic tundra is releasing vast amounts of methane, a potent climate-altering gas.

But some see an Arctic with navigable seas in the summer and newly accessible fossil fuels as an irresistible opportunity. Cargo shipping, cruising, mining, oil drilling, fishing—all these industrial activities could expand to the Arctic, one of the last remaining wild places, and with potentially devastating consequences.

Read the full article on how industries in Maine want to cash in on the Arctic warming by Tatiana Schlossberg at The Atlantic