In a warming Arctic, US faces new security concerns

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    The USCGC Berthold provides security in the Arctic near Barrow, Alaska.

    Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times
    By Kim Murphy
    Los Angeles Times
    Published: October 22, 2012

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    Chief Machinery Technician Julius Jose runs a small boat from the USCGC Berthold, which provides security in the Arctic near Barrow, Alaska.


    BARROW, Alaska — In past years, these remote gray waters of the Alaskan Arctic saw little more than the occasional cargo barge and Eskimo whaling boat. No more.

    This summer, when the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf was monitoring shipping traffic along the desolate tundra coast, its radar displays were often brightly lighted with mysterious targets.

    There were oil drilling rigs, research vessels, fuel barges, small cruise ships. A few were sailboats that had ventured through the Northwest Passage above Canada. On a single day in August, 95 ships were detected between Prudhoe Bay and Wainwright off America’s least defended coastline, and for some of them, Coast Guard officials had no idea what the vessels were carrying or who was on them.

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    As the ice disappears from the Arctic in the summer months, there are going to be all kinds of new things happening. And some real surprises for all.

    Even by the 'alarmists' predictions, what we are seeing now was not supposed to happen until the end of this century. If the Arctic is essentially ice free by 2020, that will create an very rapid warming over the land in the Arctic, also. So there will new resources revealed there, also. As well as some new major problems as the permafrost melts. In the meantime, this is not happening without effecting the rest of the world. And what those effects will be a decade down the road, nobody really knows. But we are going to find out.
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right - we all like a frog inna boilin' kettle o' water...
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    UN: Permafrost Thaw Could Significantly Warm Planet
    November 27, 2012 - Thawing permafrost, especially in the northern hemisphere, could send huge amounts of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere by the end of this century, according to a U.N. Environment Program report released today at international climate talks in Doha, Qatar.
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    Nov 28,`12 -- An area of Arctic sea ice bigger than the United States melted this year, according the U.N. weather agency, which said the dramatic decline illustrates that climate change is happening "before our eyes."
     
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    Melting makes easy access for Arctic resources...
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    Icy Arctic rising as economic, security hot spot
    May 10, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The icy Arctic is emerging as a global economic hot spot - and one that is becoming a security concern for the U.S. as world powers jockey to tap its vast energy resources and stake out unclaimed territories.
     

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