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Posted Tue Aug 25 2009: from COP15:
North-East Passage opens for commercial vessels
A German shipping company is the first non-Russian enterprise to send commercial vessels through the North-East Passage. Beluga Shipping GmbH just got its permit from Russian authorities to do the 4,000 nautical miles across Russia's northern shore without the help of icebreakers. On Friday, the "Beluga Fraternity" and "Beluga Foresight" left the Russian port of Vladivostok with cargo picked up in South Korea bound for Holland.... "Global warming is obviously a development with negative effects. However, the melting ice in the North-East Passage and the possibility to transit through it has positive effects, too...."
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'Doc Michael says:
"Positive effects" like new shorelines, new warlords, no more third world obesity problems.... opportunity in threat's clothing!

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