Wild News – Climate Change Opens Arctic's Northeast Passage

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I know this is a website dedicated to animal facts but I wanted to pass along a story that I read from August 22, 2009.  I think it shows the effects of climate change in a big way.

Two German ships set off on Friday on the first commercial journey from Asia to western Europe via the Arctic through the fabled Northeast Passage – a trip made possible by climate change. Niels Stolberg, president and CEO of Bremen-based Beluga Shipping, said the Northern Sea Route will cut thousands of nautical miles off the ships’ journey from South Korea to the Netherlands, reducing fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gas. I had the chance to ask Stolberg a few questions about the Arctic expedition:

To read the rest of the story please click here:

http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/08/22/climate-change-opens-arctics-northeast-passage/

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