Arctic Island

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the Arctic has become an island for the first time in modern history.

Images from NASA satellites, stitched together by scientists at the University of Bremen, show that both the Northwest Passage around Canada and Northeast Passage around Russia are simultaneously free of ice for the first time in at least 125,000 years, making it theoretically possible to circumnavigate the North Pole in a ship.

This is good for European and U.S. shipping companies because now they could cut their journey times by going around the Artic instead of through the Suez Canal. All well and good for the shipping companies but I doubt any savings on the journey would be passed to consumers.

Plus, it can’t be good for the wildlife, now cut off from their normal hunting ranges.

The Arctic is now a big, huge, free-floating ice-cube sitting at the north pole. Really hard to comprehend that.


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