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category international | environment | other press author Monday August 29, 2011 11:58author by Richard Black Report this post to the editors

Every cloud has a silver lining: melting Arctic ice opens up new shipping routes. But is the lining really silver? Environmental groups are worried about the exploitation of natural resources. Two major Arctic shipping routes have opened as summer sea ice melts, European satellites have found. Data recorded by the European Space Agency's (Esa) Envisat shows both Canada's Northwest Passage and Russia's Northern Sea Route open simultaneously. This summer's melt could break the 2007 record for the smallest area of sea ice since the satellite era began in 1979. Shipping companies are already eyeing the benefits these routes may bring if they remain open regularly. The two lanes have been used by a number of small craft several times in recent years. But the Northern Sea Route has been free enough of ice this month for a succession of tankers carrying natural gas condensate from the northern port of Murmansk to sail along the Siberian coast en route for Thailand.
The two Arctic passages combine to form a route right around the regio
The two Arctic passages combine to form a route right around the regio

"They're often open at the same time in the sense that with some ingenuity you can get through them," observed Peter Wadhams, an Arctic ice expert from the University of Cambridge. "But this time they've really been open, with a proper Suez-size tanker going through the Northern Sea Route with a full cargo - that's a real step forward," he told BBC News.

A number of major shipping companies are looking to the opening of these routes to shorten journey times and make their businesses more efficient.

But environmental groups are concerned that the progressive ice loss will lead to increased exploration for oil and gas.

Related Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14670433

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Corporate psychopaths destroying our world for a buck     Serf    Mon Aug 29, 2011 19:27 
   Point of info and graphs of extent of annual sea ice melt     T    Mon Aug 29, 2011 23:59 
   Actual evidence?     Real Scientist    Tue Aug 30, 2011 00:26 
   Difference between 'Ice area' and "Ice extent"     Real Scientist    Tue Aug 30, 2011 01:29 
   heres a blatantly obvious link for you mr scientist     Serf    Tue Aug 30, 2011 02:57 
   re: your Bizzare rant     Real Scientist    Tue Aug 30, 2011 03:49 
   re: your complete misunderstanding of Ice and Solar activity.     Real Scientist    Tue Aug 30, 2011 04:07 
   yeah why would you want to?     Serf    Tue Aug 30, 2011 04:25 
   $79 Billion spent by US Gov't on promoting Global Warming     Real Scientist    Tue Aug 30, 2011 04:45 
 10   Well, I cannot vouch for YOU . . . .     Real Scientist    Tue Aug 30, 2011 05:20 
 11   Global Warmists Greenland-Ice predictions a total exaggeration     Arctic Juggernaut    Tue Aug 30, 2011 06:22 
 12   T     Curious    Tue Aug 30, 2011 17:48 
 13   Tankers getting through?     T    Tue Aug 30, 2011 21:06 
 14   address the points, not my idiocy please.     Serf    Tue Aug 30, 2011 21:36 
 15   I would, if it were possible, but it's not . . . .     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 02:01 
 16   Now that I got that out of the way . . .     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 03:17 
 17   The CERN Experiment is the Nail in the coffin of the nonsense peddled by CO2 Junkies     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 03:44 
 18   I don't know but I know its not CO2     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 08:24 
 19   So     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 09:40 
 20   insulting me proves nothing     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:34 
 21   It's like watching a train crash in Slo-Mo - - over and over and over again     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:04 
 22   sigh, I'll repeat the question...     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:19 
 23   simply repeating yourself     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:30 
 24   More insults (yawn) but still no honest answer to a very simple question     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:39 
 25   yes, dear     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:56 
 26   Dear Mr ' I have a Science Degree" . . . .     dear oh dear    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:00 
 27   perhaps you should just answer the question     undecided    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:05 
 28   blatant denial of your own statements     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:21 
 29   speaking of toal knobs     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:22 
 30   you wouldn't let it lie, eh?     oh you silly billy    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:25 
 31   Re: The CERN Experiment is the Nail in the coffin of the nonsense peddled by CO2 Junkies     T    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:29 
 32   real scientist my ass     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:32 
 33   you did say that...     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:39 
 34   Yep, definitely a Degree in Domestic Science     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:40 
 35   and while I'm being petty and descending to your level....     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:43 
 36   hahahaha     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:43 
 37   yes dear     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:47 
 38   a scientist who never heard of a wilson cloud chamber??     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:55 
 39   dear oh dear     Real Scientist    Wed Aug 31, 2011 13:10 
 40   I'm afraid you'll have to find someone else to abuse     Serf    Wed Aug 31, 2011 13:22 
 41   Arctic sea ice shrinks to second lowest level     Liege    Fri Sep 16, 2011 19:48 
 42   Whales find Arctic path from Atlantic to Pacific     Liege    Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:43 

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