The New Economy of the Warming Arctic

  • Published: 08 January 2019
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Comments • 1 993

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   8 months back

    This video is on a topic that strangely results in skepticism so I'd encourage you, if you don't believe anything said, to look at the number on the bottom left of the video when something is said, find the corresponding number in the description, and read the source of the info. Every assertive fact in this video was researched and published by someone with far more qualifications than myself so those references are the ones to read to learn more.

    • Hellbow
      Hellbow  8 months back

      Conspiracy: world powers are intentionally warming and cooling the planet in order to access untapped oil in the future when reserves run dry. It's sounds so selfish and completely not in the interests of humanity so I can only assume they have atleast considered and tried to work out how to make it feasible and profitable.

    • _BearHawk
      _BearHawk  8 months back

      @Van Ivanov Wow you're a nutcase. There is the evidence.

    • Van Ivanov
      Van Ivanov  8 months back

      Polar ice caps reached new records, in recent years. Recently, people have been saying that it getting colder is a sign it is getting hotter. To top it off, global temperature measurements from around the world if anything are going down lately, not up. I really do wish it was warming, as all the most prosperous times in history were during warm periods, several degrees hotter than today, back when they had vineyards in Scotland and didn't see snow. Back when Greenland was Green.

      Unfortunately, "facts" today means computer models and statistical manipulation. Not observation, not history, not reality... but what you can pen to paper or shop in a computer alone, which must not be met with any skepticism lest it reveal how paper-thin it is.

    • mathphysicsnerd
      mathphysicsnerd  8 months back

      Have you considered that people might be expressing skepticism at your chosen presentation of the facts more so than the facts themselves? A fact dressed up in rhetoric is very often responsible for just as much misinformation as a lie-much of language's meaning is contextual, after all.

  • Spelunker0211
    Spelunker0211  21 hours back

    I drove people to the cruise ship that left Seward, AK for NYC.

    We left anchorage Ted Stevens airport and down the road a few hours to Seward.
    Wonderful group to work with!

    • Vital Ral
      Vital Ral  1 months back

      Montana glacier park:
      2002: all glaciers will dissappear by 2020.
      2019: posters changed from 2020 to: future generations.
      So much for global warming.

      • Noah M
        Noah M  2 weeks back

        Funny, they said the Maldives and much of the planets costal cities and islands would be doomed and under water by 1999, and irreversible, predicted in 1989... 20 years later, that hasn't happened yet...

        Oh, and why did Obama just buy a mansion on Martha's Vineyard if all the islands are going to be under water in a few years? Isn't he worried about CO2? If I was, I'd be moving to the Rocky mountains instead...

        They also neglect to mention that Antarctica is cooling down and the ice there is growing, because this planet fluctuates in temperature. Also, how do we explain the end of the last ice age thousands of years ago? Was it the industrial revolution of 25000 BC?

    • FocusPics
      FocusPics  1 months back

      Greenland: Exists

      Donald Trump: It's free real estate

      • Candy Neige
        Candy Neige  1 months back

        Oil prices has always been increased, not just beacause of inflation, but beacuse of something else.

        • Radrad YukonLad
          Radrad YukonLad  1 months back

          Grew up in dawson city yukon. I can tell you first hand that those northern towns rely heavily on tourism... and just how little regard most tourists have for the people’s culture and ancestral land :/

          • Butter Johnson
            Butter Johnson  1 months back

            "Hey, our invasive activities made that ice melt."
            *moves in to establish more industry*

            • Franek Halwa
              Franek Halwa  1 months back

              10:17 though

              • J Adachi
                J Adachi  2 months back

                but what about the PLANES that fly over the arctic

                • Jeff Pape
                  Jeff Pape  2 months back

                  Ending line was really good Sam!

                  • HostilePancakes, the One and Only

                    10:19 Oops, looks like you put in an extra zero by accident. No big deal, we understood what you meant when you said four million.

                    • imabritishcow
                      imabritishcow  2 months back

                      4,0000,000 is 4 million?

                      • Huzayfah M
                        Huzayfah M  2 months back

                        4 million people, in the video the figure 4,0000,000 pops up
                        It should surely be 4,000,000

                        • Casey Waller
                          Casey Waller  2 months back

                          Ya lets make some money thats what u do

                          • Luc Donderwinkel
                            Luc Donderwinkel  2 months back

                            You should have said it is difficold to live there

                            • tyheem velotta
                              tyheem velotta  2 months back

                              I think it’s interesting but would like to hear more about the economics of Russia the largest arctic country, and agriculture in the region

                              • Gregory Ashton
                                Gregory Ashton  2 months back

                                Please show me a paper that says polar bears are significantly declining. PLEASE.

                                • Jacob Cameron
                                  Jacob Cameron  2 months back

                                  ​@Gregory Ashton Sorry about the assumption Gregory, would you mind pointing out the assumption I made about you for me? I don't see it, and I would hate to repeat it in the future.

                                  I'm also interested in your aforementioned "research," albeit, a little skeptical about the credibility of your work. What was the area of research (both the geographic confines/limits of your work and the field of inquiry in which the theoretical needs were satisfied)? What was the purpose of the research; "polar bears" as a research topic has, itself, been covered for centuries and at the risk of seeming antiquated, your proposal, methods, objectives must have been incredibly nuanced to warrant a return to such a well-documented topic? Elaborate on the methods in general please, I'm sure they were quite an exploration of forgotten troves at renowned Universities, Museums, and other highly regarded institutions. Through which board of ethics did your research gain approval, and thus credibility? What publications did your research led to? What contribution was made to the general body of knowledge because of your work? Who were some of your colleagues and to what institution or alumni are they a part of?

                                  Also, about these courses you mention, what was the purpose/goal of the syllabus (a syllabus is like a guide about what will be taught throughout the course)? For example, are these "courses" referring to conference proceedings, lectures (from adjunct or otherwise), or online? Were they geography, earth sciences, biology? Also through what institution did you access these courses?

                                  I have more questions pertaining to the specifics of your research (the results, methods, intrusions, validations, etc.) but I figure I'd start with the general credibility stuff. All of these questions could be answered with a link to your report on the matter/publications/thesis, etc. Looking forward to knowing more about your work on polar bears. Cheers

                                • Gregory Ashton
                                  Gregory Ashton  2 months back

                                  Jacob Cameron Ahahaha, wow, that was a broad assumption. I have indeed conducted research and attended courses surrounding polar bear populations, and have found no credible evidence to say that polar bear populations are significantly declining.

                                • Jacob Cameron
                                  Jacob Cameron  2 months back

                                  You should learn how to conduct research yourself, its a valuable skill and will result in more fruitful knowledge than leaving Youtube comments on an already incredibly informative and well sourced video. A good place to start might be one of the many sources listed in the description, and build from there. Good luck with your research!

                              • Gregory Ashton
                                Gregory Ashton  2 months back

                                I live in the Arctic and it’s definitely getting easier due to temperature rises.

                                • Poverty Chef
                                  Poverty Chef  2 months back

                                  Imagine high biodiversity forests or highly productive farms in the north. There are many benefits to inevitable climate change. It is not bad.

                                  • Zimmy Dod
                                    Zimmy Dod  2 months back

                                    There are also many downsides such as widespread famines, droughts and an increase in the amount of hurricanes.

                                • Einar Gissurarson
                                  Einar Gissurarson  3 months back

                                  Yeah, the exhaust from those cruise ships are no joke.

                                  We had a large ship visiting Iceland last year, that was polluting more than 3 times the amount of the entire automobile industry in the country. The smog it left in the downtown region was sickening.

                                  • Michael of Cork
                                    Michael of Cork  3 months back

                                    It's a shame that despite this being a well-made video, it does not address the mindset that caused this poisoning of our living space, but instead condones and encourages it. In this sense, the lack of linkage between personal responsibility and marrying economic ideas to ecological one, you have demonstrated what the problem is through your own ignoring of the issue. Disappointing to see, but eye-opening for some, I hope.

                                    • Mei Grafd Vodder
                                      Mei Grafd Vodder  3 months back

                                      And as everywhere - Tourist are gonna destroy the thing they came for

                                      • Mister E
                                        Mister E  3 months back

                                        "That is not an assumption, a belief, a theory..." FUCK YOU YOU STUPID CUNT! Are your videos informative or are they SJW virtue signaling beta cuckery?

                                        • Zimmy Dod
                                          Zimmy Dod  2 months back

                                          Are you trying to argue with facts? Based on all scientifical evidence it is indeed warming.

                                      • Matt Schroeder
                                        Matt Schroeder  4 months back

                                        i hate america cant eve honor thy mother earth. most faithless nation ever

                                        • Nyah Chamberlain
                                          Nyah Chamberlain  4 months back

                                          Yo but can we just leave the world alone for a bit please, just let it be and stop ruining it’s beauty. K thanks

                                          • spacekookie
                                            spacekookie  4 months back

                                            This video is depressing

                                            • King Kong Bundy
                                              King Kong Bundy  4 months back

                                              Al Gore Fucking lied

                                              • Mountain Mamma
                                                Mountain Mamma  4 months back

                                                Imperial facts huh? Doesn't mean it's not a natural cycle and not the end of the world. These stupid conspiracy theorists spreading fake news, fearmongering, encouraging degeneracy, makes me sick...

                                                • Krzysztof Kwietniewski
                                                  Krzysztof Kwietniewski  4 months back

                                                  I don't want to be mean but change is just a part of live. Climate gests warmer and then it will get colder. Fighting for preservation of things that do not work anymore is just like a XIX century workers movement which gole was to destroy machines. I honestly can not understand what's the problem with change?

                                                  • Jano schmidt
                                                    Jano schmidt  5 months back

                                                    But you can't reach Greenland with Plane, it only has a harbour, thats why i always fail to infect it

                                                    • magellanmax
                                                      magellanmax  5 months back

                                                      "...while riding the sinking ship, there's at least a chance to make some money on the way down!"

                                                      Something Donald Trump would say while tearing down the Paris Climate Agreement.

                                                      • Α
                                                        Α  5 months back

                                                        So much bs in one video

                                                        • Anonymous Tardigrade
                                                          Anonymous Tardigrade  5 months back

                                                          Very objective

                                                          • Chris Klugh
                                                            Chris Klugh  6 months back

                                                            But hey, we'll make money. Worth it. Said no Alien Archaeologist in 2220.

                                                            • Cordell Ruzewski
                                                              Cordell Ruzewski  6 months back

                                                              North Pole, Alaska was actually south from my hometown Fairbanks, Alaska

                                                              • Qhawe Ngubane
                                                                Qhawe Ngubane  6 months back

                                                                Aruba isn’t a country it’s an overseas territory. 🙈

                                                                • Ojas Vaidya
                                                                  Ojas Vaidya  6 months back

                                                                  Half as Interesting

                                                                  • NoaH
                                                                    NoaH  6 months back

                                                                    Well , Arctic warming is good for everyone 😍😍 BURN DAT FOSSIL FUEL BAEBY 👌❤️👌

                                                                    • Marine Trisinscius
                                                                      Marine Trisinscius  6 months back

                                                                      Mercator in a video about the arctic. Shame! SHAME!!

                                                                      • Emoglobin
                                                                        Emoglobin  6 months back

                                                                        Humans: *burn a fuckton of oil*
                                                                        Climate: *gets warmer, causing Arctic ice to fall apart*
                                                                        Humans: *get excited that they can now go to the Arctic and get more oil*
                                                                        Climate: GODDAMMIT HUMANS STOP

                                                                        • Carrie A. Moreno
                                                                          Carrie A. Moreno  6 months back

                                                                          there's always a silver lining

                                                                          • Olavi Pokka
                                                                            Olavi Pokka  6 months back

                                                                            Lordin aukiolla tavataan!

                                                                            • HuskyWarrior 0029
                                                                              HuskyWarrior 0029  7 months back

                                                                              90 billion barrels of oil? *freedom has joined the chat.*

                                                                              • SIR Lord Henry mortimer
                                                                                SIR Lord Henry mortimer  7 months back

                                                                                Hey, Russia is also part of artic and has the biggest city of the Arctic and also has the largest arctic coast line

                                                                                • secret pieperson
                                                                                  secret pieperson  7 months back

                                                                                  I really hope tourism in Greenland increases, it would make plague Inc so much easier

                                                                                  • deere3321
                                                                                    deere3321  7 months back

                                                                                    I remember 15 years ago that the prediction by now is that we would all be standing in water because of the ice melting. Hmmm...I wonder what happened? Could it be that this 'warming' is a natural occurrence and that scientists don't really know what a small temperature rise will cause??

                                                                                  • Acauan Matias
                                                                                    Acauan Matias  7 months back

                                                                                    @10:18.... 4 million???? it looks like 40 million

                                                                                    • Cameron Jardine
                                                                                      Cameron Jardine  7 months back

                                                                                      3:02 Tokyo drift