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. How Long Can the Tar Sands Last?

    Jul 27, 14 03:24 PM

    The Death of the Tar Sands – When one looks at the history of the Tar Sands and the Harper Government’s energy strategy for Canada (focused almost entirely

    Read More

  2. Natural Gas Lies

    Jul 27, 14 03:21 PM

    Natural gas lies are part of a familiar pattern of disinformation propagated by the fossil fuel industry for decades. Television viewers are frequently

    Read More

  3. Climate is Back

    Jul 27, 14 03:18 PM

    As I engage relentlessly in the fight to mobilize a complacent public and encourage reluctant politicians to focus on climate change action, I’ve come

    Read More

  4. Save Goat Islands & Protected Area Jamaica

    Jul 23, 14 11:19 PM

    We started our campaign back in early September, 2013, as a result of the announcement by the Jamaican government of an MOU signed in China, outlining

    Read More

  5. Urban Water Metabolism in the World's Driest Desert

    Jul 22, 14 11:31 PM

    With areas that have not seen rain for more than 400 years, Atacama is classified as the world’s driest desert. Assuming that the water scarcity and

    Read More


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


Translation Disclaimer

Thanks for Visiting!

My site now receives hundreds of visitors a day from over 160 countries, and I want to thank each and every one of you.

Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can help build a better future.

Carpe Diem!

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


Bookmark and Share