RUSSIA STAKES NEW CLAIM TO ARCTIC TERRITORY
Russia formally submitted to the United Nations a claim to a vast area of the Arctic Ocean, which includes the North Pole. The 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea convention states that a nation may claim an exclusive economic zone over the continental shelf abutting its shores. Russian president Vladimir Putin claims scientific evidence shows that the shelf extends 150 miles further out from Russian shores than previous estimates have shown. This claim would expand Russia's total territory on land and sea by about 463,000 square miles. Global climate change has caused parts of the Arctic to become free of ice for all or part of the year, opening up vast areas that could contain oil and natural gas resources. For the full story, read http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/world/europe/kremlin-stakes-claim-to-arctic-expanse-and-its-resources.html?ref=earth&_r=0.