Climate change

Published on March 19th, 2013

Rapidly melting ice has already remade shipping possibilities in the Arctic. Over the past decade, commercial use of the Northern Sea Route during late summer has become commonplace, dramatically shortening the journey from Europe to the Far East.If present trends continue, though, the options for shipping goods across the Arctic will expand even more. According to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by 2040, the legendary Northwest Passage could be accessible during some summers to normal oceangoing ships without specially reinforced ice-breaking hulls. – Read more

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