Almost a decade ago, Al Gore was presented with a question, "what are the drivers of global change?" Unable to immediately answer the question in full, he has continued to revisit the query, and over the last two years has researched, analyzed and produced a complex and comprehensive map of the forces that are shaping our world. The result is "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change." While mapping the future is a risky undertaking, perhaps the only thing riskier is doing nothing.
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This giant oil rig could usher in a radically altered Arctic 2015-04-24T09:00-05:00: What's orange, white, and big all over - and a potential harbinger of big changes in the Arctic if not the whole planet? The answer is Goliat, a mammoth, beer-glass-shaped, floating oil platform thats set to become the northernmost in the world.
Arctic nations meet under threat of new Cold War 2015-04-24T09:00-05:00: The thawing of the polar ice promises Arctic nations new opportunities to open ocean trade routes and offshore oil fields. But the chill in relations between Western powers and their Arctic neighbor Russia could make the North a frontline in a new Cold War.