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The Northwest (Data) Passage

Fibre-optic cable link planned across Arctic


 

Sir John Franklin and all those other doomed explorers were thinking of a short route to the riches of Asia when they sought the Northwest Passage. Now that global warming is opening it up (summer 2008’s sea ice was the lowest on record) Alaska’s Kodiak Kenai Cable Company is planning to cut data travel times between London and Tokyo by more than 50 per cent, by laying fibre-optic cable through the famed passage. It’s a 15,000-kilometre, $1.2 billion (U.S.) proposal that could begin in 2011.

Nunatsiaq Online


 
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The Northwest (Data) Passage

  1. First, summer 2008's sea ice coverage for teh late summer was not the lowest on record. Check the NASA site.
    Second, since Canada considers the NW passage as internal waters and nobody else does, will the company be forced to do an environmental assessment under CEAA in addition to its NEPA, or will the US review be adequate? A truly political problem.

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