Shoal Shows Shell

“Shell crew on the Fennica icebreaker last week found the 39-inch (1 meter) gash in the hull, likely caused by an uncharted shoal. Voyage time between Portland and southern Alaska should not delay the company’s plans to begin drilling off northern Alaska.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/07/13/us-usa-shell-arctic-idUKKCN0PN2IQ20150713)

However, the uncharted fish plan to continue protesting.

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Slush

“Melting sea ice has also opened up new shipping routes. Russia is now advertising the Northern Sea Route, which cuts the journey time from China to Europe by up to two weeks. … ‘Though you will need to pay for a nuclear-powered icebreaker.'” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23794232)

A step up from a snow-blower.