Arctic Council. Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2005-2008. (two-pager)

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Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)
"The Arctic is extremely vulnerable to observed and projected climate change and its impacts. Historically, the harsh environment, difficult access to resources, and scattered populations has hindered rapid development and communication in the circumpolar region. In the past half-century, however, technological advances have increased the rate of development and climate change has become a major force shaping the future of the North. While an increase in accessibility and marine activity will require greater support and pose increased environmental risks, it will also lead to opportunities of social and economic development through increased investment and infrastructure, and to improved access to goods, services and supplies." /.../