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Canada Struggles to Stake Claim to Arctic Waters
Description: For centuries, explorers yearned to discover the fabled Northwest Passage—a sea route through the Canadian Arctic that would cut thousands of kilometres worth of travel time on the journey to the Pacific Ocean and open more expedient trade chan
Date: 08 March 2006
Author: Matthew Little and Caylan Ford
Epoch Times Calgary Staff
Source: The Epoch Times International
Northern Passage Rights Could Be Lucrative as Arctic Thaw Opens Waterways to Trade


For centuries, explorers yearned to discover the fabled Northwest Passage—a sea route through the Canadian Arctic that would cut thousands of kilometres worth of travel time on the journey to the Pacific Ocean and open more expedient trade channels to East Asia. Hundreds have perished attempting to navigate the artic archipelago, and thick ice made the trip all but impossible.

But all that is changing now. As global warming is redefining the geography of Canada's harsh and sparsely-populated north, the ice is now getting thinner and slowly disappearing. Some recent studies suggest that 50-60 percent of Arctic ice could disappear by the end of the century; others estimate that by 2070—or sooner—the Arctic may be so warm as to be ice-free in summer.

Visit the link below to read comments from UBC international law expert Michael Byers as he lets us know his thoughts on this topic.
http://english.epochtimes.com/news/6-3-9/39085.html

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