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Global warming is creating new economic opportunities for countries with natural resources in the far north. Opportunities such as the Northern Sea Route, which could mean a shorter, faster way to move liquefied natural gas to Asia from Russia and Norway.
The Northern Sea Route runs along Russia’s northern coast, about 3,600 miles between Murmansk in the west and the Bering Strait in the east.
“What’s really driving the Northern Sea Route is global commodity prices and natural resource development, particularly in Russia,” said Lawson Brigham, professor of geography and Arctic policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
However, despite a spate of recent headlines suggesting that the growing traffic on the route is revolutionary, a better word would probably be evolutionary.
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