Two major, Arctic passages have opened up for shipping once again this summer, as sea ice extent running close to the record minimum set back in 2007.
The European Space Agency has reported that both the fabled Northwest and Northeast Passage (Northern Sea Route) routes are clear enough of sea ice for shipping to move through.
Image courtesy of the ESA.
In 2007 the Northwest Passage opened for the first time, then in 2008 both the Northwest and Northeast passages were open for shipping for a short period of time during the end of the summer melt season.
"The last five summers are the five minimum ice extent summers on record," says Leif Toudal Pedersen, a senior scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute.
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