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Sailing over the North Pole possible by 2050 due to melting polar ice, says study

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | March 05, 2013

Sailing over the North Pole possible by 2050 due to melting polar ice, says study

This development is concerning in terms of safety, both for the environment and the ships sailing over the North Pole.

Scientists from the University of California at Los Angeles say that sailing over the North Pole may be possible by 2050 due to melting polar ice, according to a news release from UCLA. Lead researcher Laurence C. Smith, a professor of geography at UCLA, said that the development is great from an economic development point of view and concerning in terms of safety, both for the environment and the ships sailing over the North Pole.

The study, which is based on independent climate forecasts for the years 2040 to 2059, represents the first thorough analysis of trans-Arctic shipping potential as global temperatures continue to rise and polar ice continues to melt.

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