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Maicomasher Larry (4 hours ago)
Shannon Butler (13 hours ago)
ok why didn't they just go "around" like Christopher Columbus? The Earth is round you know?.... or is it lol
David Brewer (1 day ago)
Who would be on the hook if a huge tanker leaked a bunch of oil or chemicals up there? Whose coastline & people would be negatively impacted by that spill? THAT is why Canada must control but allow access with a set or reasonable rules & procedures...which users will need to pay to use.
Marius Lapugean (3 days ago)
Danube has no business with Moldova. Where did you get that information. Maps have not you heard? Did not you hear from Romania? The Danube enters ROMANIA in Bazias and after several hundred kilometers crossing the border between Romania and Serbia then between Romania and Bulgaria it completely enters the Romanian territory and flows into the Black Sea through the Danube Delta on the territory of Romania. If you say anything, document yourself.
Rad Matic (3 days ago)
Melting sea ice does not raise sea level, you idiot. Besides, it's not melting. And warmer weather would be GOOD and save money and lives. To bad it isn't happening. You degrade your channel by making such stupid mistakes
Moobs Mcgee (5 days ago)
Lets do a science experiment put ice in a glass of water and draw a line on the water line and watch the ice melt.
Paul Kenny (6 days ago)
Canada has the most drinkable fresh water in the world, the u.s is going dry. Hmmmmmm
Alexander Weiland (6 days ago)
Canada should just become a u.s state. Then they would matter.
Sean Haggard (7 days ago)
"Your ships will go where we say when say carrying what we say, buying and selling what we say." Sincerely, the 10 United State Navy Carrier groups.
Burntsider (7 days ago)
Can you do a video without gratuitous mention of the disputed theory of climate change?
George George (8 days ago)
no ice by 2050? Thanks for that info, just in time to get ready..theres also a scientific consensus that in 80 years 75% of human population on Earth will die due to climate change,esspecially Africa and South Asia...soo..early bird get to live a bit longer (I guess)
nguyenhoang long (9 days ago)
yea ! fuk you china 7:57
hammurabi908 (10 days ago)
8:18 Human is fucked ... but Prices will be lower!!
Terry Harnden (11 days ago)
Shades of 1930
Brad Andrews (12 days ago)
No doubt the ice is going to continue shrinking? Says who? It was supposed to already be gone. Of course the gone date keeps stretching out as it doesn't happen, but don't let that stop the claims.
David Fields (12 days ago)
No mention of invasive species being brought in by those Chinese ships.
Noah Namey (13 days ago)
1:08 This is wrong. Melting sea ice has no effect upon sea level. Now... you want to argue that Greenland land ice melting is going to sink the Maldives, than I'm with ya. But let's not spread misinformation.
Dim Wit (12 days ago)
+Noah Namey EVERYONE KNOWs that a significant rising sea level is caused by the melt of ice which developed over LANDMASSES ... NOT ice melting over water, which is what YOU CLAIM that the video "implies". StOOpid.
Noah Namey (12 days ago)
+Dim Wit Yes it did imply that. And no, I'm not denying anything. It's fucking 19th century physics.
Dim Wit (12 days ago)
+Noah Namey The narration did NOT imply that a melting ice cube in a glass of water is gonna raise the level of wawa in the glass. It won't ... and EVERYONE KNOWS THAT!!! Only a climate change denier BIAS would lead anyone to your IGNORANT conclusion.
Noah Namey (12 days ago)
+Dim Wit Dim wit indeed. The way the video was narrated, it implied that melting sea ice threatened to flood low lying countries. It doesn't.
Dim Wit (12 days ago)
Wrong, foo. Ice over LAND in that NW Passage region also melts, and THAT's what's addin' to rising sea levels. Noah? Figures. I s'pose yer middle name is "Richard", too.
Linda Cloud Observer (13 days ago)
Remembering when an open passage was a dream to finding it's a reality to learning it could be a political challenge.
LiveLance (14 days ago)
EPA says 3-12* F by 2100ad, not just 12* F by 2100
Brent McGee (15 days ago)
stop your climate hype its elite that burn holes in the sky and geo engineer our atmosphere with toxic metals that kill the most sensitive life forms like corals and amphibians. The elite are mentally ill sociopaths
Sasha Carrillo (15 days ago)
am i the only one who finds these kinds of videos really fascinating
GrosMétalleuxSale (16 days ago)
I live in Saguenay xD
JOGANG 1738 (19 days ago)
*northwest passage is discovered Panama and Suez Canal *cries in shipping routes
Paul Boccuti (16 days ago)
Not the Suez. LMAO the Suez gets things from Europe to Asia and East Africa
David Lutz (19 days ago)
Sake news about the ice
Simon Kam Fat Lai (20 days ago)
Fake science 🧪 global warming is a systemic scam by meteorologists. If there is no ice in the Arctic 🥶 by 2050, it will be a human holocaust .
Ray C. (23 days ago)
Wait till this new passage starts to affect the marine life along the Northwest Passage.
Vikram Wahl (24 days ago)
No way u mention the saguenay that’s where I’m from
Bill Whitman (28 days ago)
The northern passage is going to give Canada international attention and power it’s never had before.
Il Gatto (1 month ago)
we need to bomb canada asap
SamuelD1 (19 days ago)
Fuck you and your shit country!
Laurent Baril (1 month ago)
The difference between the northwest passage is that there is other water routes. Countries like Latvia doesn’t have access to international waters without the Danish straight, but china, and every other country in the world btw, still has access from Atlantic to pacific easily, it’s just more expensive. People saying the northwest passage should be free is like saying the Panama canal should be free.
Flakeleey (1 month ago)
Canada: Blocks Chinese access to the Archipelago China: What the heck Canada!? ... Canada: sOrRy, wOuLd YoU LiKe SoMe MaPlE sYrUp fOr CoMpEnSaTiOn?
Daniel 786 (1 month ago)
So rules that apply to other countries doesn’t apply to Canada? That’s ridiculous and extremely hypocritical. Considering that other countries MUST follow these rules than so shouldn’t Canada do so as-well? They should be International Waters.
steven talik (19 days ago)
Other areas are called international waters because one or more country do not have access to water for shipping or transportation. This will lead to one country controlling all the shipment of another country. In this case for the north west passage all countries have access to waters and ship to different route. This passage only makes shipping easier and cheaper nothing more.
Carl (1 month ago)
Never read the comments. It's always a shit show.
uruiamnot (1 month ago)
Canada: O Canada, sovereign inland waterways! USA: Hold my beer.
Dahlmasen (1 month ago)
Ofcourse America would do that, theyre narcisists
xACE TKOYx (1 month ago)
I juess people just dont care about are animals and environment now
Vir Quisque Vir (1 month ago)
LegendLength - The U.S. will "find" some passage in a 3,000 year old book stating that God promised that land to the Wall Street Hebrews and they'll make Palestinians of the Canadians, locking them all up in their own Gaza, or, if that is not enough to convince everyone, they'll orchestrate another false flag 9/11 and claim Canadians with boxcutters did it. LOL. LOL. LOL.
Zannie (1 month ago)
As an American that's bullshit that passage literally goes right through Canada.
Danny Ouellet (1 month ago)
GO Canada
Randall Briggs (1 month ago)
Weren't we supposed to have an ice-free Arctic Ocean by 2020? I could swear Al Gore warned us about that!
Refuse Kid15 (1 month ago)
Canada can have it, it’s not like the United States needs it. They have easy ocean access to both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Tom Kelly (1 month ago)
As far as I know Russia is the only country with an ice breaker that can actually maintain accessibility to an Arctic Ocean shipping route. It is a nuclear powered icebreaker and they have taken people to the North Pole in summer. By the map I would guess that that route you showed will have much thicker ice then the wide open Arctic Ocean that is between Russia and Canada/Greenland. An $80 000 savings in fuel from one trip! Well I guess it makes sense to go that way!
Diesel (1 month ago)
I say the U.S. goes to war with Canada. It shouldn't last long at all. Canada is ez pz to defeat. When war is done we let Canada still own the waters. BOOM. We had fun and we can let them keep having their water passage fun. :D fair for us all! :D
Musical Milk (1 month ago)
My man. If ice in my glass doesnt raise the water when it melts. then how does that ice make the ocean rise if it melts
Jestami (1 month ago)
Ive though about that before. I mean on top of the icebergs already displacing the water that they would take up if they melt, water expands by up to 10% when frozen. So I think the bigger threat here is icefields melting. Like the icefields of Banff/jasper Alberta Canada. Or the entirety of Greenland and Antarctica. Specifically speaking, ice that is not in the ocean.
Kristofer Eriksson (1 month ago)
Melting sea ice does not raise water levels. Melting land ice does however raise water levels. High school physics.
Anthony M (1 month ago)
You know if the US was in the same position as Canada, the US would certainly want to have exclusive rights to this passage.
Gary Holden (1 month ago)
Now that China is a real threat to Canada's national security, Chinese shipping should be banned. We certainly won't need a large navy, missile batteries can be set up all along the waterway.
Terry Tracy (1 month ago)
They had to throw in the Millenial bs of melting ice. 30 years ago we all were in fear of the Ice Age...when it didn't happen the leftists said global warming then when that didn't happen it went too Climate Change...they just change the language to push an agenda...taking your money and limiting you potential to advance. I Hate leftists and Millenial fear Mongering.
NTclaymore (1 month ago)
Canada shouldnt be so greedy to just want us to pay for the water-route. They are a rich country. They can handle the safety infrastucture. Panama is diffrent because its the US that controls it. The land of the free. So its okay. Really Canada. dont be so greedy
Focus (1 month ago)
Why is Panama different? It is man-made, yes, but other than that the Panama Canal and the Canadian arctic water route are in exactly the same situation and should, therefore, be treated the same. If the Canadian route were to be declared international waters, then so should the Panama canal.
Exalted Exile (1 month ago)
Noonavoot? No.
Frenzied Doge (1 month ago)
why dont we just bomb the ice to break it up and move the broken pieces into greenland so the ice isnt lost or gets in the way?
Algallon The Observer (1 month ago)
Such a well phased and informative video, thank you so much for this!
Alex Craig (1 month ago)
Gotta love the way non-Canadians say Nunavut 🤠 “noonavoot” 😂😂😂
I Nalys (1 month ago)
"Global warming is opening a route that's better for the environment".... proportions, dude, proportions....
Colin woods (2 months ago)
If we made it international waters were inviting other countries to walk all over us it's happened before
Marcus Wilson (2 months ago)
Is this bad, or good?
Marvin (2 months ago)
Our nation is run by cucks who refuse to invest in a navy. The state of ours current is laughable despite us having the second largest coastline in the world. This shipping lane will pretty much be controlled by us russia and china
eman (2 months ago)
Lets us as a planet make surr that this NEVER becomes a short cut. There should I believe be ice there. INSERT ONE OF MANY GLOBAL WARMING FACTS HERE.
Ian Murdoch (2 months ago)
There's no logical reason for those waters to be international. They don't provide essential access to countries, like the Turkish Straights, because there's no country locked from the sea due to those waters. It's a shortcut like the Panama canal, and will cost a *lot* of money to guard and keep safe. Also, you didn't concider; what if an oil-bearing ship passes through and sinks? That's *billions* of dollars of damage against Canada's environment not to mention threatening endangered species and the whole Arctic ecosystem. If we even let any ships through the Northwest passage, Canada should definitely be paid to get through it.
birdyboy 0000 (2 months ago)
Damn Canada gonna be making fat stacks
oooHalcyoNooo (2 months ago)
If and when we get to a point where this conversation is relevant, most of the world is probably already in anarchy due to climate change and AI development.
Dexter Morgan (2 months ago)
Lol Canada trying to be bold...how cute.
josh knight (2 months ago)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. john 3 v 16
KLDGULD123 (2 months ago)
Wait so want the ice to melt so that shipping gets better
Patrick Fuchs (2 months ago)
Canada should just restrict China
Sean Kundu (2 months ago)
Canadian pirates... sorry mate were really sorry but you in our water friend how about we come and watch the game eh?
lowkey (2 months ago)
Canada though because we didn’t get permission that it was a act of war? Man Canada better shut they ass up! They are our bitch! They would stand no chance against America in war.
lowkey (2 months ago)
N Normand lol 1812? That was like 200 years ago. Times have changed Canada is zero threat to America. Hell Canada doesn’t even possess any weapons of mass destruction and last I check America has 4000 nukes just sitting on standby. Not like we would need them on Canada anyways hell Florida alone has a little over half Canada’s whole population. No chance! And I don’t believe Canada was a country in 1812 but idk much about Canada anyways they not worth looking into.
N Normand (2 months ago)
Yah shure, tell that during 1812 when we burned the with house.
Ultra_axe781 (2 months ago)
Norway can now acctualy become the center for trade in europe
ImmortalHitman (2 months ago)
The Sun never stops shining on the Earth. Put a light on an ice cube and see if the ice ever forms again. I don't understand why people are so surprised that the ice is melting. The Earth has been here for 4.6 billion years a little bit of industry isn't going to completely ruin the climate of the Earth that's a myth.
Tom Spillane (2 months ago)
This video does not tackle any real world problems, at all.
Kees Manuel (2 months ago)
Very educational thanks https://youtu.be/DUWoa2UYVv8
Elijah Guttman (2 months ago)
Panama canal?
Andrew Christiansen (2 months ago)
*Mind Explodes* @ 3:05
BlaVlogs (2 months ago)
As a québeqois, my dad actuallt mostly grew up in Saguenay
OJ Sutton (2 months ago)
Canada should fill in the narrowest part then dig it out and call it a canal, then they kill all debate.
Brandon (2 months ago)
This guy says “at what cost?” as if the shippers themselves will be the cause of each 1 degree increase in global warming. Allowing shippers to traverse this passage is merely a byproduct of this warming and is not the problem. If you don’t want global warming focus on the greenhouse gasses we release into the atmosphere or the litany of other reasons it’s happening. But don’t stop these shippers when they have nothing to do with it. This is simply an opportunity that has presented itself in spite of such negative circumstances. Let them through.
lol 193 (2 months ago)
Wait I thought all the USA had to do is show it's big guns to get what it wants 😂
Alexandre guimond (2 months ago)
hey coliss jviens du Saguenay tabarnak met en criss que j'en ai entendu parlé viarge
Spaghetti Souls (2 months ago)
Do you think America would be jealous of Canada when the ice melts and Canada gets more land and minerals? Then I realized America has a good chunk of land up there. Alaska.
Alex S. Myers (2 months ago)
As canada should have the choice to decide weather who travels through the northwest corridor because they are the country that puts up the most risk
Gary Holden (1 month ago)
Yep. And the first to be banned will be the Chinese.
Justin Valdez (2 months ago)
i think we fill with arctic ice again
19swaggkidd (2 months ago)
3 years of traveling lol this guy deserves a medal of patience
Airwipe (2 months ago)
Imagine having major cities in northern NORTHERN Canada and holiday destinations, cruises, everything.
Jestami (1 month ago)
Weird af
Reid Tait (2 months ago)
7:30 "Northern Provinces" ... I believe you mean "Territories"
Nimo Kali (2 months ago)
"some may debate the cause of the melt" - Ok, can we not do that? We've already been through years of senseless debates in the past because of scientists paid by oil companies, and now we are clearly in trouble trying to clean up our mess and avoid a global disaster upcoming in the future. So let me make this clear: THERE IS NO LONGER A "DEBATE". The literate people know the facts while the illiterate can continue to ignore the facts. Plain and simple. *cough* trump *cough*
The Gonzo Tribune (2 months ago)
But muh natural cycles
honest diplomat (2 months ago)
Thank you
A gay Bacon slice (2 months ago)
No debate they are sovereign waters ( it is up to a country to decide)
Rob Dow (2 months ago)
Ice takes up more space than water, so saying ice melting that’s in water would raise oceans is wrong. Global warming alarmist are blurring the issue. Not all ice melting raises water levels, especially if the ice is in the oceans. Take a few ice cubes and put them in water. When the ice melts, the water level will stay about the same or go lower. Why do these global warming dopes, always sell lies?
Rob Dow (2 months ago)
Joseph O'Connor Scientists say you can’t use weather to determine climate. As when we have unusual cold winter. Therefore using weather like tornados and hurricanes isn’t allowed according to climate change peddlers. The medieval warming period was much warmer than it is now. They were growing wine in England and Greenland was green. Solar radiation and sunspots affect climate & weather more than any other factor.
The Gonzo Tribune (2 months ago)
Rob Dow it doesn’t matter if it was warmer. What matters is the rate at which it’s warming, which ever since the Industrial revolution has been exponentially increasing. Sea ice doesn’t change sea levels, but glacier ice does. Glaciers like Greenland, which get this, is in the arctic. Sea level rises are not the only danger either, ocean acidification, extreme weather from polar vortexes. When sea ice melts the water below becomes easier to heat, causing exponential melting. You are wrong. There is no debating this. Just man up and just admit you’re a selfish asshole who doesn’t care about anyone other than yourself, At least then you won’t be so infuriatingly stupid.
Rob Dow (2 months ago)
Joseph O'Connor The arctic doesn’t have a continental shelf, it’s not a continent. The Arctic Ocean is ice, not land. Unlike Antarctica their is no land or continent, just ice and water. You cunt propaganda needs facts
Rob Dow (2 months ago)
Joseph O'Connor Th medieval warming period was warmer then it is now. Ice still takes up more space than water, ice in the ocean melting lowers water levels. Ice
The Gonzo Tribune (2 months ago)
Climate change is happening, and it’s selfish cunts like you who we will all look on in disgust.
Zanos Gemini (2 months ago)
well controlling it doesnt block anyones access to the ocean, its just a shortcut, so it should be canadas waters
____________ (2 months ago)
lol, ive lived in Saguenay lac st-jean xD
entropy22 (2 months ago)
I am not Canadian nor American, but based on the fact that those waters now exist without ice is a natural phenomen, so it doesnt not belong to Canada. Panama and Suez canals were man made, so it makes sense the countries who build them charge fees. But this waters is just a melting ice, so why should Canada charge fees for them?
Zortac (2 months ago)
If the USA acknowledges it as territorial waters then it would set a precedent for all other similar straits. It's a complex problem. Oh, and i think most Canadians have heard of Saguenay ;)
Dante Inouye (2 months ago)
So many people saying 'the waters are surrounded by Canadian land' The waters to the black sea are surrounded by turkey The waters to the swedes are surrounded by Denmark International law should apply equally to everybody. Not just Turkey and Denmark, but not Canada.
TricksterDAC (2 months ago)
CANZUK anyone
Lakeva (2 months ago)
"The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers, he declared, all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds." ~  11-2-1922 Washington Post (Associated Press) http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/mwr/050/mwr-050-11-0589a.pdf
ois ois (2 months ago)
Nobody thinks about the Inuit who live along those waters and what large-scale industrialization will do to their cultures. They're already feeling the effects of ice melt firsthand. This will wipe out their languages and culture if nothing is done to prevent it.
M Meidiano Al Fajri (2 months ago)
woah far out (2 months ago)
The only reason "International waterways" exist in the first place is because of the US global order. All nations seek to profit from their natural geographic advantages and if the Canadians can hold of the US then more power too them.
Gustav Koeing (2 months ago)
its Denmarks land
Anders (2 months ago)
why did the GDP of china decrease from 1960 to 1970?
Great Person (2 months ago)
They decided to starve half their population during that time