As scientists and politicians study and debate the issue of climate change and what to do about it, the shipping industry, mining industry, and oil and gas industries are celebrating a possible new trade route opening between the Far East and the West. The icy waters of the Arctic are thawing, opening the waters to ships passing from China north of Russia to the Bering Strait. According to predictions by meteorologists studying climate change, the Arctic’s cover of ice in the summer has dropped by 40 percent.
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