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Meeting heads off Arctic oil disputes

The predicted effects of climate change can be counted on to shake up international relations, even far from the impoverished, politically wobbly regions where the most obvious conflicts loom. A case in point is the tranquil Arctic seabed, believed to hold a substantial fraction* of the world’s undeveloped oil reserves – which, as the summer sea ice extent decreases year by year, is suddenly set to become accessible for extraction. 

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