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Former Utne Reader senior editor Keith Goetzman on environmental issues from climate change to composting.

How Many Fjords for Greenland’s Freedom?

 by Keith Goetzman

Tags: Keith Goetzman, environment, Greenland, Iceland, mining, dams, air and water, business, climate change, Saving Iceland, Outside magazine,

Greenland sled

As climate change alters Greenland, the country has a chance to profit and gain independence from its longtime colonial ruler, Denmark—but at what cost, asks Miriam Rose in an essay on the environmental website Saving Iceland:

Rose has already seen similar situations in Iceland, where massive hydropower and mining proposals—especially aluminum smelters—have sparked fierce green opposition.

I’m not sure they’re going to listen. Last fall, writer McKenzie Funk penned an in-depth piece for Outside magazine on Greenland’s “Thaw Revolution,” in which he quoted Greenlandic geologist Minik Rosing about the Black Angel mine that has already damaged a fjord with toxic tailings:

(Miriam Rose’s essay was originally published in Icelandic in the newspaper Róstur.)

Source: Saving Iceland, Outside

 Image by chrissy575, licensed under Creative Commons.