Yale Climate Connections published an article titled, “Arctic warming: More shipping, more risks to marine mammals”. The article reads in part as follows:
The high Arctic long has been seen as a vast, impassable span of ice accessed only by intrepid and daring explorers. But as more sea ice melts, the region is becoming more accessible, and travel by ship is now possible under certain conditions.
As global temperatures warm and more water opens up, vessel traffic continues to rise, from shippers seeking shortened – and more profitable – transit routes to tourists looking for new bucket-list experiences. This year, a container ship brought cargo along the Northern Sea Route for the first time, and in 2016, and again in 2017, a luxury cruise ship with more than 1,000 passengers transited the Northwest Passage. The cruise ship company has since discontinued the route.
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