Comments on: Climate change opens Arctic’s Northeast passage http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/08/22/climate-change-opens-arctics-northeast-passage/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Greg http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/08/22/climate-change-opens-arctics-northeast-passage/comment-page-1/#comment-341054 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 20:31:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13877#comment-341054 People, this has nothing to do with Canada. This is the northeast (not northwest) passage, along the northern coast of Russia.

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By: Ashok http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/08/22/climate-change-opens-arctics-northeast-passage/comment-page-1/#comment-341041 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 07:09:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13877#comment-341041 I am not worried about who uses this pass. or for what reason it is used. I am worried that the ice are breaking up thus leading to further Global warming. Passage of ships will delay the ice formation. Once we set foot there again sure we are going to destroy more of these ice sheets indirectly. i m just worried!

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By: Kyle Kerr http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/08/22/climate-change-opens-arctics-northeast-passage/comment-page-1/#comment-341017 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 22:52:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13877#comment-341017 Mathieu Labrèche makes great points in his comment. Canadians will readily tell you that the northern passage is wholly Canadian and shouldn’t even be up for negotiation. Stephen Harper the Canadian PM with the support of opposition members in the House of Commons is making moves to ensure Canadian sovereignty over the arctic regions. Military assets are being moved north and industry is being encouraged to establish itself there to help enshrine Canada’s claim to the region.

Certainly interesting times ahead as the globe continues to warm and the ice continues to shrink each year.

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By: Antoinette Edmonds http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/08/22/climate-change-opens-arctics-northeast-passage/comment-page-1/#comment-341015 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:36:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13877#comment-341015 I think the northwest passage should be freely open to all countries/shipping companies. The ammount of CO2 saved justifies this. War vessles could be denighed passage, but that would have to be for all nations.
I believe people will soon tire of war and find a way to Wage Peace.
I also see that rescue vessles would be able to reach the scenes of disasters faster using this route, and that should be considered.

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By: Mathieu Labrèche http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/08/22/climate-change-opens-arctics-northeast-passage/comment-page-1/#comment-341005 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 13:24:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=13877#comment-341005 I find it rather odd that the legal status of the passage under international law is not at all mentioned in this Q&A. It is still widely disputed whether the passage is considered as ‘historic internal waters’ belonging to Canada, or if it constitutes an ‘international straight’ (as based on the ICJ’s Corfu Channel case). Clearly, Americans and Europeans have vested interests in defining the multiple channels that constitute the passage as an international straight, therefore permitting the right of innocent passage (as made apparent by the perspective of this German shipping company). Yet, I am dispointed by the lack of questions regarding the legal nature of this passage, especially since the Arctic Exception under the UN’s Law of the Sea will soon need to be revised due to climate change and its direct impact on navigability in Canada’s northern archipelagos. This is a disputed international legal issue that will increasingly come to the fore as navigation is made increasingly possible within a larger window of opportunity each summer.

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