This sort of analysis may prove premature should we be unable to stop global warming:

Enthusiasm for global warming in Russia, if that's the right way to put it, goes beyond simple household concerns or national economic interests. For the Russians, who regard the Arctic as essentially their rightful territory, shrinking ice floes will ease access to the bounty of natural resources around the polar ice cap, including large reserves of oil, gas, gold, diamonds, nickel and tungsten.

Bradford Plumer has more. So does Ryan Avent, who thinks warming might not be such a boon to the bear. Canada bears watching too. You know what evil megalomaniacs lurk north of the border.

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