Climate Change opens the Northwest Passage

by DonnaLynne
(Florida)

For centuries explorers and traders have wanted to do one thing: get around the obstacle of the North American continent in order to get to the riches of Asia. Now, thanks to the effects of climate change, the long-fabled Northwest Passage through the Arctic Circle is becoming a reality.

On David Thoreson’s 73 day, 6640 mile journey from Greenland to Nome, Alaska to raise awareness about climate change, the passage was ironically proved as a viable reality for oceanic shipping in the near future as arctic sea ice around the Arctic Circle recedes. Some companies are even sending land speculators to the region in the hopes of securing propriety ports for their companies.

For around 500 years, sailors wanting to get to the Pacific and Asia have had three options available to them. Go overland, which takes a lot of time and entails costs and delays. Go around the roaring 40s, south of Tierra del Fuego at the tail end of South America, where even today skyscraper-sized superwaves swallow ships whole. Or take the Panama Canal, which limits the size the cargo ships can carry to the width of the Canal itself.

The speed of the receding ice is matched only by the speed that speculators are sending prospectors up to the region. The Russians and the Chinese have recently indicated interest in establishing ports in the region within the next 15 years, opening up fears of a new international land grab for mining and mineral rights and oil exploitation.

I was amazed by this information. Sure goes to show how the planet's changing.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Climate Change News.


Return to Top of Page
 

Sign a Petition!

Navigation



Recent Articles

  1. Where Two Fluids Meet

    Feb 14, 15 11:54 PM

    As climate change research evolves, some areas of study become more popular and apparent than they were in the past. Gas exchange is one of these disciplines,

    Read More

  2. Human Impacts of Climate Change - Glacier/Water Link (DVD)

    Feb 14, 15 11:04 PM

    We are temporarily offering a heavily discounted special edition 2-DVD set of my documentary film Glacial Balance (glacialbalance.com) for home and educational

    Read More

  3. The Clean Energy Revolution is Underway

    Feb 14, 15 10:14 PM

    The clean energy revolution is underway. From Germany to China and countries all around the globe, governments, cities, towns, public institutions, and

    Read More

  4. Green vs Grey - Every City is a Living Body

    Feb 02, 15 03:07 AM

    The thought that nature can also be an infrastructure is not new; nature can be harnessed to provide services within the urban environment, by reducing

    Read More

  5. The World's Most Dangerous Animal

    Feb 01, 15 03:57 PM

    There is one species on this planet that kills more animals, and more humans, than any other species. It's destroying the forests, the oceans, the lakes

    Read More


Sincerely, Laurent Cousineau
Founder of Climate-Change-Guide.com
Facebook  Youtube  Twitter  RSS  Search

Webutation

Translation Disclaimer


Get Our Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter to get new and exclusive content.

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Climate Change Guide.



Bookmark and Share

Get Our Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter to get new and exclusive content.

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Climate Change Guide.
Follow Me on Pinterest