As polar ice on land and sea retreats from rapid global warming, the specter for international conflict over newly exposed natural resources may increase. Alumni heard about the challenges facing both poles from Ross Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center, during the Back to Class Lecture Series on November 9 before the Dartmouth vs Cornell football game.
Virginia talked about how the environments at the ends of the Earth are changing and how international politics, through conflict or cooperation, will shape the future of the poles.
Listen to his entire Back to Class talk, " Polar Opposites? The Science and Politics of Environmental Change in the Arctic and Antarctica," on the Dartmouth YouTube channel.
Watch all of the Back to Class talks presented by the Dartmouth Alumni Relations.