"Ah for just one time, I would take a Northwest Passage,
to find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea."
Sigh. It was better when Stan sang about it.
For those neanderthals delirious with the dream of gold from trans-arctic shipping, your day is here.
ScienceDaily: Northwest Passage Opens: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches New Low:
"Northwest Passage Opens: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches New Low Science Daily —
The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has now (September 14, 2007) shrunk to its lowest level since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage – a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that has been historically impassable."
The Polar Regions are very sensitive indicators of climate change. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed these regions are highly vulnerable to rising temperatures and predicted the Arctic would be virtually ice free by the summer of 2070. Still other scientists predict it could become ice free as early as 2040 due to rising temperatures and sea ice decline.
and so it goes.