August 25, 2017 by John Crapper
Climate change is helping create new opportunities for shipping companies by melting the ice around the North Pole.
A Russian tanker carrying natural gas has become the first merchant ship to sail across the Arctic without the help of an icebreaker, finishing the journey in record time.
The ship, the Christophe de Margerie, traveled from Norway to South Korea in 19 days, about 30% quicker than the regular route through the Suez Canal, its Russian owner, Sovcomflot, said this week.
The thinning Arctic ice due to warmer waters caused by climate change is opening up new shorter shipping lanes which will result in millions saved.
Hurrah!! Greater profits for the fossil fuel shippers!
According to NASA, many global climate models predict that the Arctic will be ice-free for at least part of the year before the end of the 21st century. Some models predict an ice-free Arctic by midcentury. That would have a direct impact on weather patterns around the world.
Let us all raise our glasses in celebration of this monumental accomplishment.
This is a real holy shit moment!