The Big Thaw
Global warming is shrinking Greenland’s ice sheet—and heating up its movement for independence from Denmark.
Nuuk, Greenland, is a poky little place. Its fanciest hotel shares a building with a grocery store. A town of brightly painted wooden houses against a dramatic mountain backdrop, Nuuk looks like a western ski resort with some European-style public housing thrown in. But in this sleepy setting, where a population of 15,000 lives a mere 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle, a revolution is brewing. Very slowly.
For decades, Greenlanders have gently agitated...