Denmark goes ahead and claims, like, the whole Arctic

Arctic claim

Denmark appears to have taken time out from shooting zoo giraffes and making weird art films to lay an unexpected claim to practically all the best parts of the Arctic Ocean.

Seriously, though, this surprisingly aggressive claim basically ensures that the Race to the Arctic will be stuck in litigation for years to come … that is, if everyone continues to be civil about it.

Russia, one of the key players, has had a bad habit lately of snatching up pieces of the globe that it doesn’t own, but my source assured me that, for the time being, Moscow would hold off from claiming the North Pole with warships.

“Russia has little to gain materially from pursuing its Arctic claims too aggressively at this point, unless the Putin government thinks they can use the conflict to bolster domestic support.”

Read the whole story at the National Post.