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Early Ice Threatens Polar Shipping

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posted on Dec, 19 2021 @ 09:00 AM
Global Warming has opened up the arctic to expanded shipping opportunities

The advent of climate change has brought about a number of different changes in the Arctic, including increased accessibility to Arctic ports as well as the opening of new Arctic shipping lanes. With new trans-Arctic routes, including the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and the Northwest Passage (NWP), as well as newly built and refurbished ports from Russia, political and military interests are reevaluating the region as one of geopolitical competition.

Mother Nature says, not so fast

The complicated ice conditions on the Russian Arctic shipping route have taken shippers by surprise. The waters along the eastern parts of the sea route were ice-covered already in late October, which is several weeks earlier than normal. By early November it was almost impossible to sail through the area without assistance from a powerful icebreaker.

so it seems that the logistics community has concluded that Global Warming has opened up more ice-free ocean in the Arctic
but not this year

are these shipping companies sending these ships up there gambling that they will have safe ice-free passage, based on all the global warming rhetoric? does the science back this?
edit on 01032020 by ElGoobero because: fix linque

posted on Dec, 19 2021 @ 10:14 AM
a reply to: ElGoobero

this one brings a little (not so common) common sense into all this.

When you look at the world through the lens of cycles, things tend to clear up quickly.

posted on Dec, 19 2021 @ 11:53 AM
a reply to: ElGoobero

The problem with calling it global warming is that it confuses people who don't understand that the warming is an aggregate effect, let alone realise the complexities of climate systems. That's why it's now called climate change - like in the excerpt you posted.

To break it down even further, some temperatures will go up in some places, down in others, up in summer, down in winter, but the average global temperature across the year is rising.

If common sense was enough, we wouldn't have invented mathematics or electrical fuses or the kind of modelling those shipping companies use to make sure they don't lose money.
edit on 19-12-2021 by Whodathunkdatcheese because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 19 2021 @ 12:59 PM
thanks for the linque Network Dude

good info

would be interesting to find info on Maritime shipping insurance rates, esp polar, these days.

posted on Dec, 19 2021 @ 01:04 PM
a reply to: ElGoobero

Haven't you heard? They rebranded it "climate change" to stack the deck in favor of their shoddy "science."

Now that it's called climate change, if it gets warmer some places, it's proof they're right. If it gets colder some places, it's proof they're right. The only way they can be wrong is if the climate stays precisely static, which is impossible.

posted on Dec, 19 2021 @ 04:32 PM
Several things puzzle me.

1. how much damage is done to Ice sheets by the massive ice breakers breaking the surface open. Doesn't breaking the sheets up cause faster melting?

2. Volcanos under the poles. Artic and Antarctic

Saw a whole paper on the Pine island melt caused by humans yet not 1 word about the volcano erupting underneath it.

JUNE 11, 2021

Pine Island Glacier's ice shelf is ripping apart, speeding up key Antarctic glacier
by University of Washington

All they say is

These glaciers have attracted attention in recent decades as their ice shelves thinned because warmer ocean currents melted the ice's underside.

Hope they added into their models the natural heat sources to the model predictions.

posted on Dec, 19 2021 @ 06:13 PM

originally posted by: puzzled2

Hope they added into their models the natural heat sources to the model predictions.

The last thing they want to do is make their models more accurate.

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