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June 23 2013

Melting ice pulls Norway closer to Asia


The town of Kirkenes in northernmost Norway used to be further away from Asia than virtually any other European port, but it suddenly seems a lot closer. The reason: Global warming.

Melting ice has opened up the Northern Sea Route along Russia's Arctic coastline, changing international trade patterns in profound ways—even if so far it looks more like a sleepy county road than a busy, four-lane highway.

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