Published on January 19th, 2014 | by Jo Borrás

Polar Ice Caps are Melting, Shipping Lanes are Opening

Polar Ice Caps Melting

As the Earth’s polar ice caps continue to melt away, shipping companies in the north Atlantic are enjoying a serious boom time. New shipping routes are being opened up, including a “Northwest Passage” that dramatically shortens travel times and fuel costs. Once captain reportedly saved nearly $80,000 on a Vancouver, Canada, to Pori, Finland, trip after having traveled northward around Alaska and through the Northwest Passage.

So, is this a silver lining to global warming, or are we playing with fire running more ships through the melting polar ice caps? You can read more on this story below, in an article that originally appeared on Sustainablog, then let us know what you think in the comments at the bottom of the page.


As Sea Ice Shrinks, Arctic Shipping Options Expand (via sustainablog)

By Janet Larsen and Emily E. Adams On October 7, 2013, the Nordic Orion bulk carrier ship completed its journey from Vancouver, Canada, to Pori, Finland, having traveled northward around Alaska and through the Northwest Passage. It was the first large…

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  • David E.H. Smith

    Nature; How Cultures & Traditions can be used to try &
    explain Bullying & Info Deprivation to Protect the Power of

    reading about the fears of retaliation of the Native Women’s Assoc.
    of Canada (NWAC) by powerful chiefs & councils for questioning &
    improving the chiefs/councils plans & decisions, etc., it has
    been suggested that it might be easier to minimize any potential for
    negative “stereo typing” of Native chiefs & their councils

    the most vulnerable Native community members (95% – 99% of the
    members of Native communities),

    non Native funders of Native communities


    et al,

    pointing out once again, but, with greater emphasis, that the most
    vulnerable community members, both; Native & non Native, are
    slowly & painfully becoming aware of the threat that is posed to
    the bullying, information depriving despots (Death-Pots) by way of
    the sharing of the relevant information, in forums that have
    eliminated the fear of retaliation.

    therefore, in regard to the recent, June 5, 2014, comments by the
    grand chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians Gordon
    Peters about negative “stereotypes”, it has also been suggested
    that Mr. Peters needn’t be concerned as Native & non Native
    Canadians have made:

    1) the
    distinctions between the bullying despots & the most vulnerable
    community members
    2) the distinctions between those
    chiefs & councils that want/need their community members to start
    getting the relevant information, including the information &
    questions in The WAD Accord & its Compensation

    chiefs & councils who need to keep their community members in the
    dark in order to supplicate the most “vulnerables” to
    limited beliefs & “hopes”

    maintain, &/or, enhance their abusive powers.

    Mr. Peters can take some solace in knowing that he may be able to
    learn more about which bullying, information depriving despots are
    presently being “de-stereotyped”.

    of the chiefs & councils may even graciously admit that some of
    the more abusive aspects of human nature are being used &
    rationalized by despots by claims that the
    abuse of their power is based upon tradition, &/or,
    culture that excludes the comprehension of the abuses by non Natives.
    Doesn’t this suggest that unless you are in the position of being
    able to be bullied, etc., then you are incapable of, &/or, should
    be prohibited from helping those who are being bullied by providing
    the information & safe forums for the discussion, sharing,
    improving information, plans, etc. before they become a decision that
    are acted upon & the human costs are added up? There are many
    examples of this “helping” precedent in other human communities
    around the globe.

    potential sponsors of this “helping process” understand the
    importance of identifying, investigating, prosecuting & enforcing
    the prevention of the abusers from continuing their abuse. Similarly,
    the potential sponsors can assist the most vulnerable community
    members to ascertain the amount of compensation they are due for
    previous abuse. These sponsors who are being considered have also
    observed & understand that the political abuse of the RCMP is
    causing a great deal of morale problems within the non union service
    (see; Paul Palango; “Dispersing the Fog”). Therefore, it is for
    the aforementioned reasons that the potential sponsers would like to
    be considered to help the most vulnerable community members eliminate
    their fears & help the most vulnerable develop the natural
    resources that are accessed by way of the community’s lands. These
    are also the lands that have already been secretly “negotiated”,
    &/or, are in the process of being secretly “negotiated”
    within Canada by way of the despots & without the full due
    diligence sharing of the information with the most vulnerable
    community members.

    are several reasons why some of these foreign corporate sponsors
    might be considered. They are:

    basically, to understand & perhaps prevent bullying despots from
    making secret arrangements whereby,

    exchange for:

    the despots’ cooperation to endorse the last minute “new”
    &”improved” environmental & safety standards, etc. for
    their projects that may be derived from the C – CI Treaty, the EU –
    Canada CET Agreement, the TP Partnership, et al


    the “protection” provided by the bullies for the potential
    foreign participants/ investors from the most vulnerable community

    potential foreign participants/investors may exclusively &
    secretly reward the bullies financially & thereby, further
    legitimize the bullies power & control by way the bullies’
    mechanisms of fear.

    2) some of the potential foreign
    participants are as disgusted with the “unethical” &
    “inhumane” arrangements of corporate Canada & their
    representatives in the government of Canada as many Native & non
    Native Canadians, et al, are. One potential participant said:

    not that we are racist when it comes to dealing with Canadians,

    just that we can’t stand the way that you suck up to us”.

    is to say; while corporate Canada & its political representatives
    “suck up” to the “coveted” foreign investor, the “Canadians”
    also “shi…”, uh, “purge down”. It may be regrettable that
    this bullying is just part of human nature?

    job is to identify & to minimize, &/or, eliminate it.

    while the most vulnerable Native community members may be looking for
    a much “better” deal that protects their rights to live &
    express themselves in the absence of fear, isn’t it reasonable to
    assume that they can also expect to start getting the aforementioned
    relevant information for their humble consideration, including The
    Compensation that is embodied in The W.A.D. Accord?

    does the “much better deal” by way of these “foreign”
    countries include:

    the elimination of the bullying by the information depriving despots,


    enabling the employment opportunities that can equal those non Native
    Canadians & then use the “better deal” to shrink the
    financial disparity between:

    95% – 99% of the communities’ most vulnerable members


    1% – 5% of the existing political & financial bullies, both;
    Native & non Native?


    et al.

    aren’t the above reasons why The W.A.D. Accord (aka; The
    Australian Question) was developed in the first place? That is to
    say, The Accord was developed in order to ensure that the most
    vulnerable community members are getting the relevant information &
    are getting the opportunity to consider, to discuss, to ask questions
    about it, to improve, to create alternatives, to reject, etc., the
    information & questions in The Accord, including The Compensation
    that is embodied in it?

    way of closing, now that Mr. Peters’ concerns about negative
    stereotyping have been laid to rest, the most vulnerable community
    members, et al, might also consider some of the other areas of
    information that they are continuing to be deprived of that can be,
    &/or, are being abused by the the aforementioned bullies in order
    to strengthen their, the bullies’, “legitimacy” besides:

    the on going land settlements & treaty rights negotiations,

    the development of Aboriginal self-governance


    et al?

    finally, how do you, the readers in North America, China, the
    European Union, the Trans Pacific nations, et al, think that these
    human nature issues can be redressed by The WAD Accord?

    look forward to reading about your questions, your comments, your
    improvements, etc., regarding the above & the information listed


    E.H. Smith





    more Information & Questions re; The Relationship between Human
    (Nature) Rights & Economics in the C-CI Treaty, the CET
    Agreement, TP Partnership, et al, via The W.A.D. Accord,

    Facebook; “David Smith, Sidney, BC”,


    “David E.H. Smith” to access RECENT ARTICLES, LETTERS &


  • darrell

    It will be built , and the First Nations will have an opportunity for prosperity . Thousands of people need to be trained to handle a spill on land or sea . First nation leaders are also looking at worst case scenarios , if their fishing grounds are ruined . Like everything else , follow the money .

  • mossonrocks

    So – every time you fill up your vehicle with gasoline – you are financing terrorism by sending money to the middle east

    It is all trade offs.

    If you do not want the pipeline then you obviously do not want the welfare money sent to the indians.

  • Brent Siddons

    “The polls are clear: British Columbians do not want this crazy destructive project to proceed.” You lie only 30% are opposed, the balanced are either undecided or in favour. A classic example of how activists misinform in order to advance their crusade.

  • Kari

    Well since 1970 the overall water level of the oceans has only risen less than inch thus the so called melting of polar ice caps has not really happened. If the polar ice caps completely melt the ocean would rise over 260 feet. So less than inch in over 40 years is not much. The shipping lanes are open due to more ships going through them. More traffic makes it harder for the ice to form. i.e. when the weather drops below freezing you drip your faucets…., to keep it moving and keep it from freezing. Wow what a concept. More traffic, keeps the lanes open

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