North Pole may be open enough for reinforced shipping by mid-century (ars technica)

“With Arctic sea ice reaching record lows, people have begun to explore routes through Canada’s Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route above the coast of Russia. These routes have the potential to significantly shorten transit times between Asia and both Europe and North America, reducing shipping costs and fostering international trade.     “North Pole may be open enough for reinforced shipping by mid-century

By mid-century, open water vessels (blue) could navigate above both Russia and Canada, while reinforced vessels could go straight across the pole.

 

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