Remote and inhospitable. That's the way many of us think about the Arctic. In fact, the Arctic has been exploited for its resources for a long time. That exploitation has only increased as climate change has caused the Arctic to melt away. But as historian John McCannon tells us this month the consequences of climate change at the top of the globe are already having an impact on all of us, making what happens to the Arctic a lot closer than most of us realize.

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