Published on January 19th, 2014 | by Jo Borrás
Polar Ice Caps are Melting, Shipping Lanes are Opening
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.
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…