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Melting Arctic Ice Creates New Waterways — And Navigational Headaches

Researcher Tiina Jaaskelainen points out a possible sighting of wildlife aboard the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it traverses the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, July 22, 2017. (David Goldman/AP)
Researcher Tiina Jaaskelainen points out a possible sighting of wildlife aboard the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it traverses the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, July 22, 2017. (David Goldman/AP)

When Arctic ice melts, as it is increasingly doing, it opens up new waterways to commercial and tourist boats. But many of the areas have not previously been navigated.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mulins speaks with Ed Struzik (@Kujjua), who was on a research vessel last month that ran aground in the Arctic and wrote about the ordeal for Yale Environment 360, an environmental journalism site. Struzik is a fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queens University in Ontario.

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