Northwest Passage


In other Canadian news, Joe Romm observes that arctic ice melting has gotten so bad that we’ve now got ice-free shipping lanes through the once-mythic Northwest Passage:

“We did have a commercial cargo vessel that did the first scheduled run from Montreal, up through the eastern Arctic, through the Northwest Passage to deliver cargo to communities in the west,” Brian LeBlanc of the Canadian Coast Guard told CBC News.

“That was the first — that I’m aware of anyway — commercial cargo delivery from the east through the Northwest Passage.”

The CBC says we may be looking at a “new era of arctic shipping.” Either that, or a new era of flooding and massive crop failure driven by altered weather patterns.