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Regional distribution of Arctic oil and gas resources (Data source: Statistics Norway, 2011)

Can the Arctic ease the world's energy needs?

Debate has been rife over the scramble for Arctic riches since a survey in 2000 estimated the Arctic could hold nearly one quarter of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas resources. Can the oil and gas consuming nations, with their growing energy needs, draw comfort from these new and tempting prospects? Or is it still too soon to count on this potential new source...
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