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U.S. Navy Foresees Ice-Free North Pole by 2035-40, FT Reports

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Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The shrinking of Arctic ice means commercial ships may be able to sail over the North Pole as early as 2035, greatly reducing the time and cost of sea transport between Europe and Asia, according to Rear Admiral Dave Titley, who heads the U.S. Navy’s climate-change task force, the Financial Times reported.

Speaking at a conference in Tromso, Norway, Titley said there’s “a pretty good chance” that the Arctic Ocean will become “essentially ice-free for about a month” at some time between 2035 and 2040, the newspaper reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alan Purkiss in London on apurkiss@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Colin Keatinge in London at ckeatinge@bloomberg.net.

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