Cli­mate change op­por­tu­ni­ties may rise

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

Ob­vi­ously not all the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­nies cli­mate change. This CSCE.gov re­port on “Tam­ing the OSCE’s Least-De­vel­oped Re­gion: the Arc­tic” reads, in part:

(En­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges) – The way that the Arc­tic na­tions re­spond to the chang­ing cli­mate and its re­spec­tive per­ils and pos­si­bil­i­ties will shape the world’s re­sponse to cli­mate change and the fu­ture of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion. Science and tech­nol­ogy in the Arc­tic present op­por­tu­ni­ties for this col­lab­o­ra­tion.

(Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­ni­ties) – In the near fu­ture, there likely will be a sig­nif­i­cant rise in hu­man ac­tiv­ity along the North­ern Route. As sea ice melts, new ship­ping lanes are open­ing up of­fer­ing un­prece­dented ac­cess to trade routes, nat­u­ral re­sources, and even tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Coast Guard’s old­est ice­breaker and only one ca­pa­ble of heavy ice­break­ing, the PO­LAR STAR, was com­mis­sioned in 1976 and is op­er­at­ing well past its in­tended ser­vice life.

Other Arc­tic na­tions, in­clud­ing Canada, Swe­den, Fin­land and De­mark have lim­ited ice­break­ing ca­pa­bil­ity as well. Rus­sia cur­rently owns and op­er­ates a fleet of more than 40 ice­break­ers.

Makes me won­der about that half-a-tril­lion-dol­lar deal Tiller­son struck with Putin be­fore the Mag­nit­sky Act. More than 40 ice­break­ers? Su­san Oak­ley Ka­paa

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