In the DARK and Out In the COLD

Hanna, Magda
June 2006
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jun2006, Vol. 132 Issue 6, p46
Conference Proceeding
The article reports that a team of more than 300 scientists recently confirmed unprecedented changes occurring north of the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment released in November 2004 describes these changes, including a 3% per decade northerly retreat of the ice line or extent. While these changes may not appear immediately relevant to U.S. national interests, significant reductions in ice coverage may soon begin to hit home. Changing global commercial shipping transit lanes and increased energy exploration will make the Arctic highly important in coming years. Given these dramatic changes, the U.S. Navy must, review its strategic policy in the Arctic.


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