Climate change could produce new shipping routes across Arctic

03/6/2013 | NBC News

Laurence C. Smith, a geographer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduate student Scott Stephenson have studied routes through the Arctic Ocean that will become accessible as climate change continues. As conditions change, light icebreaking vessels may be able to travel through the Northwest Passage or over the North Pole, they found. Even if more is done to reduce emissions, "[t]he ice will thin sufficiently," Smith said.

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