The Stream, May 19: Arctic Waters

A leaked draft of the official strategy for the Arctic reveals that Denmark plans to make a formal claim for the territorial rights for the North Pole before the UN deadline in 2014. But Denmark is not the only country with an appetite for the Arctic.

Following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, Japanese businesses are looking toward renewable energy, efficiency and conservation, Time reports.

Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute, talks to NPR about the new geopolitics of food. This is a summary of Brown’s longer article on the future of food for Foreign Policy.

China’s State Council published a rare acknowledgment of the risks and downsides of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower facility, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, the drought in central China is hitting manufacturers with restrictions on electricity usage, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Mexico is likely to increase natural-gas imports as falling prices for the fuel are preventing state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos from developing its own fields, Bloomberg reports.

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