Greenland is literally getting greener, as global warming melts the ice and makes its valuable resources more accessible than ever before… such as oil and the ‘rare earths’ used in modern technology.
But while the changing climate is creating new opportunities, what cost could it have on the country’s pristine environment and traditional way of life?
Video journalist Nick Lazaredes reports on the divisions opening up in Greenland, with concerns about the potentially catastrophic effect of an oil spill or uranium contamination.
However, with 50% unemployment in some places, could harsh economic realities end up driving the decision?
WATCH - Click to see Nick’s report.
BEHIND THE SCENES - Nick talks about his time in Greenland, including the contrasts between the country's amazing scenery and its social problems, and the decisions it must make about its future.
RADIO INTERVIEW - Nick speaks more about his story in a chat with SBS's World News Australia Radio.
On air: 24th July 2011