Freezing cold war: militaries move in as Arctic ice retreats – photo essay

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US, Russian, Canadian and Chinese forces are taking an active role in the polar region but the real threat is the rapidly changing climate

This month Arctic sea ice reached its second lowest extent on record, and modeling shows it will completely melt in summer by 2035. But where many see a disaster, some global powers discern an opportunity to secure geopolitical and commercial interests – and military ones.

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