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…The good news about climate change
The Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (the United Nations body that has been studying global warming for more than 10 years) has forecast that, by the end of the 21st century, the world’s climate will be about 3.6*F (2*C) warmer than it is today. Record show that for the past 100 years, most of the warming has been in the form of warmer nighttime and winter temperatures. A study of 45 U.S. cities by Dr. Thomas Gale Moore of Stanford University in 1996 showed that for each increase of 1.8*F (1*C) yearly, July’s average temperatures went up by only 0.9*F (0.*5), while January average temperature climbed by 2.7*F (1.5*C). The main impact of global warming has been milder winters. U.S. Department of Energy studies show that warmer climate would reduce heating bills more than it would boost outlays for air-conditioning. If energy prices remained constant and we currently enjoyed the weather predicted for the 21st century, expenditures for heating and cooling would be cut by at least $12,2 billion (euro 16,4 Milliards) annually.
Artic Shipping Routes Will Save Time and Energy.
The rate of global warming
is greatest in the oceans around the poles. As the ice has melted, new opportunities have opened up.
Access to new oil and gas fields has caught international attention. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, one-fourth of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas resources are in the Artic. These new fields lie within the borders of stable nations – Norway, Russia, Denmark, Canada, and the U.S. In addition to being a possible new source of energy, the Artic is also a potential new location for maritime commerce. As the ice melts, new waterways are being freed up, whose will save time, energy, and international freight costs. Shipping, across the top of Russia- along what is known as the Soviet Union.
With the demise of that regime, the route fell into almost complete disuse. As Artic waters warm, attempts are being made to rejuvenate this shipping lane. Doing so has the potential to reduce the transport distance from Asia to Europe by 40 per cent-more than 4,500 miles. Also this lane has become attractive to shipping concerns because they could avoid the increasing piracy now occurring in some more southerly latitudes.
The melting ice is opening up the Northwest Passage, across Canada, and the Transpolar Route, the deep-sea version of a course already taken by airplanes to reduce mileage.
Access by ships could cut some ocean travel in half. In a growing global economy these three new shipping routes would result in dramatic savings.