As the Arctic melts, maritime security gets real

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As the Arctic melts, maritime security gets real‘Daily Press

Hampton Roads residents know full well that the Atlantic is gnawing ever more ferociously at the shore, surging into the streets whenever it gets riled up, and a looming threat, experts say, throughout this century and for more centuries to come.

What residents may not know is that, while half of the rise in global sea level is attributed to the simple physics that warming waters expand, the other half is caused by melting polar ice sheets, especially in the Arctic.

The Arctic is heating up much faster than the rest of the planet, its vast expanse of sea and land ice shrinking. In fact, its September sea ice has shrunk by half in just 40 years of record-keeping, said Donglai Gong, a physical oceanographer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point.

  • Publisher: dailypress.com
  • Author: Tamara Dietrich
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Trade and debt: How China is building an empire across new Silk Road

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  • Publisher: The Times of India
  • Date: 2018-08-03T20:09:29+05:30
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China’s Empire Of Money Is Reshaping Global Trade

(Bloomberg Markets) — China is building a very 21st century empire’one where trade and debt lead the way, not armadas and boots on the ground. If President Xi Jinping’s ambitions become a reality, Beijing will cement its position at the center of a new world economic order spanning more than half the globe. Already, China has extended its influence far beyond that of the Tang Dynasty’s golden age more than a millennium ago.

Xi calls the grand initiative ‘a road for peace.’ Other world powers such as Japan and the U.S. remain skeptical about its stated aims and even more worried about unspoken ones, especially those hinting at military expansion. To assess the reality of Belt and Road from the ground up, Bloomberg Markets deployed a team of reporters to five cities on three continents at the forefront of China’s grand plan.

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The Arctic is melting. Here’s why cooperation and diplomacy get so complicated.

Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events

Heat waves from Greece to’Siberia‘ and fires north of the Arctic Circle ‘ are the latest signs this summer that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. This once-inhospitable corner of the globe is becoming the next global commons as the polar ice cap melts.

The Future of the Arctic Economy

One constant throughout the Arctic region is the hostile climate. Record setting cold, ice-covered waters, rapidly emerging storms, and high winds define the region. The warming trends of the High North, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) note are about double the rate of global warming trends, are of such a magnitude that the pace of sea ice decline and surface ocean warming is unprecedented. This warming is contributing to an alarming decline in ice coverage at sea and permafrost ashore. The warming trends are forecasted to continue at an increasingly rapid rate due to the albedo effect, making Arctic weather more unpredictable as the likelihood of fog, storms, and even ice floes rises in upcoming years. All Arctic states must confront these challenges and share a common interest in conducting research to better understand the scientific trends that are emerging in the region.

  • Publisher: The Maritime Executive
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Is the Coast Guard’s icebreaker project doomed?

Partisan wrangling on Capitol Hill over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall might doom the Coast Guard’s plan to begin building a needed icebreaker.

A draft of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act percolating out of the House of Representatives proposes to strip $750 million out of the Coast Guard’s 2019 budget, part of a larger effort to sluice $5.2 billion in federal funds to barrier construction along the international boundary with Mexico and hike spending on Immigration and Customs Enforcement programs.

The move comes while some Republican lawmakers jockey to prove their support of the president as primary elections loom and Democrats angrily decry cuts to the Coast Guard, a DHS agency with funding coming from both the Homeland Security and Pentagon budgets.

  • Publisher: Navy Times
  • Date: 2018-08-04T01:23:31.008Z
  • Author: Carl Prine
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