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The Perfect Storm

ByChristopher Flavin, Robert Engelman

Something extraordinary happened at the top of our planet in the past three summers. For a few weeks each year-in the final days of the northern summer-a large stretch of open water appeared around the Arctic, making it briefly possible to pilot a ship from the Atlantic to the Pacific without going through the Panama Canal or around the Cape of Good Hope. Never before in recorded human history has it been possible to make that journey.1