"Arctic Needs Protection From Resource Rush as Ice Melts: U.N. Body"

"LONDON -- The Arctic needs to be better protected from a rush for natural resources as melting ice makes mineral and energy exploration easier, the United Nations' Environment Programme (UNEP) said."

"The UNEP Year Book 2013 was released on Monday to accompany the opening of talks in Nairobi attended by environment ministers or senior officials from around 150 nations, aimed at making the world economy greener at a time of weak economic growth.

'What we are seeing is that the melting of ice is prompting a rush for exactly the fossil fuel resources that fuelled the melt in the first place,' said Achim Steiner, U.N. Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director."

Nina Chestney reports for Reuters February 18, 2013.

Source: Reuters, 02/19/2013