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NGO: Necessary to regulate the Northeast Passage

More and more ships use the Northeast Passage these days, which increases the melting rate of the ice in the Northern Hemisphere. Regulation is neccesary, says NGO.

Less ice means better access for shipping to the Northern Hemisphere. And never before has such a massive amount of ships made use of the Arctic shortcut between Asia and Europe when transporting goods from one continent to another.

According to the NGO Transport & Environment, the number of ships using the Northeast Passage has grown more than tenfold in the last two years, and this year alone, 46 ships with 1.26 million tons of cargo slipped through the otherwise iced-over region, for far more months than normally possible.

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