environment | December 09, 2012

A Thawing Arctic Is Changing Canada: Laurence C. Smith In Discover

In a new article in Discover, Laurence C. Smith, 
author of The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping 
Civilization’s Northern Future, shared his insights on how the world has changed over the past 50 years—and what changes still lie ahead. The article focused on five of the biggest trends that are having a dramatic impact on the world today. Smith, a well-known climate specialist, was cited in the article's profile on Canada on how the melting ice in the Arctic has dramatically changed the population distribution and economic outlook of the country.

“Canada is a country that has a sound immigration policy, 
dignity for aboriginal people, good democratic 
institutions, and a liberal trade policy codified into law. 
It is well-positioned in a world where globalized 
business is the norm," says Smith. Thanks to current immigration policies, Canada is beginning to take advantage of the opportunities now available in the northern portions of the country. As Smith explains in his book and his speeches, the rapidly changing Arctic landscape will create a new global dynamic in the years to come—and Canada is poised to become one of the few countries that benefits from climate change.

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