A study released today warns that Canada will lose access to 400,000 sq. kms. of northern territory by 2050 and that's due to global warming. The report by scientists at UCLA that a lot of northerners, dependent on ice roads for their survival, will find themselves cut off.
Canada is going to be feeling the harsh edge of the sword more strongly than other Arctic states,” says Scott Stephenson, lead author of the study that forecasts that the Northwest Passage will be the last Arctic shipping route to become ice free. 400,000 square kilometres of Canada — most of it in the southern Northwest Territories and the northern Prairie provinces — is predicted to become inaccessible by road by mid-century because of milder winters and deeper snow will prevent the ground from freezing solid.
"This study would suggest that Canada has more to lose that it realizes," senior author Laurence Smith, a UCLA climate researcher, said in a telephone interview.
“Popular conception has it that the Arctic is thawing, that it is opening up, and we’ll go in there and get the resources,” he says. “This study shows it is not as simple as that. In fact much of the landscape will become less accessible.“