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By Aslaug Mikkelsen, Oluf Langhelle

ISBN-10: 0203893743

ISBN-13: 9780203893746

ISBN-10: 041544330X

ISBN-13: 9780415443302

This e-book analyzes the increasing oil and fuel actions within the Arctic from the point of view of Sustainable improvement (SD) and company Social accountability (CSR). the point of interest is at the territories of the Arctic rim the place the present and destiny oil and fuel actions within the Arctic are and may be situated. The e-book increases a couple of questions together with how sustainable improvement has been framed within the Arctic and the interplay among indigenous peoples, governments and oil and fuel businesses.

The e-book is split into 3 elements. within the first a part of the publication, oil and gasoline are approached during the suggestions of sustainable improvement (SD) and company Social accountability (CSR) including the problem of weather swap. the second one half includes case reports from Alaska, Canada, Norway and Russia the place the discourses on oil and fuel within the Arctic are explored and the ultimate a part of the ebook attracts jointly the fabric from the rustic reviews in a comparative demeanour.

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Some of these conclusions are directly or indirectly linked to oil and gas activities in the Arctic. The first relates to the economic systems of the Arctic. Arctic economies are, according to Young and Einarsson, ‘narrowly based and highly sensitive to outside forces, including market fluctuations and political interventions’. The narrow base typically consists of the extraction of non-renewable resources or industrial harvesting of living resources. The gap in knowledge relates to the ‘understanding of the roles that modern industrial activities play in the pursuit of sustainable development at the regional level’.

In the vertical, we present an overview of how sustainable development has been conceived within the Arctic, most notably from the political processes related to the Arctic Council. Hence, the point of departure here is not the global sustainable development agenda as such, but the problems that have warranted attention from a regional and to some degree, local perspective. Finally, we look at how oil and gas has been addressed within the Arctic Council. The global framing of sustainable development The report from the Brundtland Commission has been referred to as ‘the key statement of sustainable development’ (Kirkby, O’Keefe and Timberlake, 1995: 1).

The effect of ACIA has been to increase attention towards and awareness of the problem of climate change in the Arctic. In the ACIA project, climate change is conceived as a global problem with regional impacts, although in the case of the Arctic, it will in turn also have serious consequences for the global climate. The disappearance of Arctic ice and snow increases the absorption of heat from the sun, and thus further warms the planet. Glacial melt and river runoff add fresh water, which can slow down ocean circulation, affecting both the regional and global climate.

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