New Coast Guard Task in Arctic’s Warming Seas

By MATTHEW L. WALD and ANDREW C. REVKIN
The New York Times
October 19, 2007

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 — For most of human history, the Arctic Ocean has been an ice-locked frontier. But now, in one of the most concrete signs of the effect of a warming climate on government operations, the Coast Guard is planning its first operating base there as a way of dealing with the cruise ships and the tankers that are already beginning to ply Arctic waters.

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