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Marcus Wilson (51 minutes ago)
Is this bad, or good?
Marvin (1 day 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 (1 day 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 (1 day 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 (1 day ago)
Damn Canada gonna be making fat stacks
oooHalcyoNooo (2 days 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 (3 days ago)
Lol Canada trying to be bold...how cute.
josh knight (3 days 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 (3 days ago)
Wait so want the ice to melt so that shipping gets better
Patrick Fuchs (4 days ago)
Canada should just restrict China
Sean Kundu (6 days ago)
Canadian pirates... sorry mate were really sorry but you in our water friend how about we come and watch the game eh?
Air Crash Investigation (4 days ago)
I don’t care as long as the U.S pay‘s canada money to pass through.
lowkey (6 days 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.
Ultra_axe781 (6 days ago)
Norway can now acctualy become the center for trade in europe
ImmortalHitman (7 days 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 (8 days ago)
This video does not tackle any real world problems, at all.
Kees Manuel (8 days ago)
Very educational thanks https://youtu.be/DUWoa2UYVv8
Elijah Guttman (8 days ago)
Panama canal?
Andrew Christiansen (9 days ago)
*Mind Explodes* @ 3:05
BlaVlogs (10 days ago)
As a québeqois, my dad actuallt mostly grew up in Saguenay
OJ Sutton (11 days ago)
Canada should fill in the narrowest part then dig it out and call it a canal, then they kill all debate.
Brandon (11 days 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 (11 days ago)
Wait I thought all the USA had to do is show it's big guns to get what it wants 😂
Alexandre guimond (13 days ago)
hey coliss jviens du Saguenay tabarnak met en criss que j'en ai entendu parlé viarge
Spaghetti Souls (13 days 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 (14 days 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
Justin Valdez (14 days ago)
i think we fill with arctic ice again
19swaggkidd (15 days ago)
3 years of traveling lol this guy deserves a medal of patience
Airwipe (15 days ago)
Imagine having major cities in northern NORTHERN Canada and holiday destinations, cruises, everything.
Reid Tait (15 days ago)
7:30 "Northern Provinces" ... I believe you mean "Territories"
Nimo Kali (16 days 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*
Joseph O'Connor (15 days ago)
But muh natural cycles
Kaushik Patriot (16 days ago)
Thank you
A gay Bacon slice (16 days ago)
No debate they are sovereign waters ( it is up to a country to decide)
Rob Dow (16 days 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 (13 days 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.
Joseph O'Connor (13 days 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 (15 days 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 (15 days 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
Joseph O'Connor (15 days ago)
Climate change is happening, and it’s selfish cunts like you who we will all look on in disgust.
Zanos Gemini (18 days ago)
well controlling it doesnt block anyones access to the ocean, its just a shortcut, so it should be canadas waters
____________ (19 days ago)
lol, ive lived in Saguenay lac st-jean xD
entropy22 (19 days 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 (19 days 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 (19 days 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 (20 days ago)
CANZUK anyone
Lakeva (20 days 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 (20 days 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 (22 days ago)
INDONESIA IS WITH YOU CANADA!!
woah far out (22 days 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 (22 days ago)
its Denmarks land
Anders (22 days ago)
why did the GDP of china decrease from 1960 to 1970?
Great Person (10 days ago)
They decided to starve half their population during that time
P (23 days ago)
Still no evidence of significant ice melt or rising sea levels
Joseph O'Connor (15 days ago)
P Yeah except there is. You fucking idiot.
Stormboxer (24 days ago)
Didn’t you guys know?!!!! Ancient Chinese fisherman fished there! And now it’s China’s passage! There’s no documents of this happening but China says it did!!!
Stormboxer (24 days ago)
I think Canada needs some Freedom 🇺🇸🦅
56456546643466 (24 days ago)
Canada's anus
Sir John A. Macdonald (25 days ago)
Greenland rightfully belongs to Canada, change my mind.
WizardNumberNext (26 days ago)
explain reason why ANY economic region (like USA) should loose any income because it is warmer I see no connection
E1craZ4life (27 days ago)
I'm getting flashbacks to the Siberian Flight Corridor video.
DDassault (27 days ago)
250,000 people will die. This video was sponsorer by hover
Johan Viskar (27 days ago)
propaganda video, climate change is fake news. 12 degrees higher lol. you dont even understand the energy requirements for this to happen. People are just not that powerful or important. The SUN however... is.
Joseph O'Connor (15 days ago)
Johan Viskar God. It pisses me off that we will all have to die because of the selfishness of cunts like you. Kill yourself.
TrixieKat (1 month ago)
if russia charges for the syberian air corridor, canada should charge for sailing on the northwest passage as well.
App Magician (1 month ago)
Canada even in 2017 they are still a backward country, unwilling to progress, it's just sad
True North Strong and Free (1 month ago)
This isn't new it has been Canada's since the 1900s go listen to Stan Rogers and tell me the Northwest passage isn't Canadian.
Ryan Goodrich (1 month ago)
Those stats at the end ruined it for me. They are just disconnected numbers. How will the US lose money. Its 12 degrees hotter so money disappears? Also tons of people dying from what, Heat stroke? People are smart and adaptive they wont just roll over and die if the environment changes. We adapt to our surroundings and make life better. One way we could take advantage of global warming is exactly what this whole video was about. Yes change will bring losses, but change also brings new opportunities.
Tomasu82 (1 month ago)
This wouldn't even be an argument if it was the US or China that controlled the route.
Da Os (1 month ago)
'surely that can't be worth it for some cheaper goods'. and yet, that is exactly what will happen.
dan ionel (1 month ago)
Danube river doesn’t cross Moldova but Romania
David Dirré-Moire (1 month ago)
For years, the government in Ottawa never paid the slightest attention to these waters. Now they see an opportunity for some money-making so they want to slap a “This is property of Canada” sign on it. Well, it’s too late, Canada. It’s International waters now.
Barry Mushroom (1 month ago)
From UK, it is international waters, if it isnt then a whole load of countries should be able to take control of 'their' waters again. it doesnt matter if it is surrounded by Canada, look at Denmark and turkey, those waters are surrounded by said countries yet they are international
Zephyr (1 month ago)
Knock Knock it’s America, give me your water ways
Levi Clow (1 month ago)
*territories*
Neagoe Andreas (1 month ago)
Danube...you forgot Romania, but you mentioned Moldova, where it bearly touches 5 meters of that land?
Great Person (10 days ago)
Romania touches the Black Sea so it isn't landlocked
D E (1 month ago)
So tired of this channel being so liberal.... I don't need a lecture in climate change. And no, the passage does not belong to Canada.
Joseph O'Connor (15 days ago)
D E fuck you.
Matt Drenkow (1 month ago)
Actually according to NASA the polar ice cap is expanding!!!
Bassel hassoun (1 month ago)
the Danlup does not run throw Moldova , it runs throw Romania
Jae Song (1 month ago)
The problem is that we do not have enough funding to regulate to ensure that sailors are not throwing garbage or be responsible for any oil leak etc.
Charlie W (1 month ago)
It's a 'Catch 22'. To be declared international, it needs to have traffic and usefulness. But it can't do that if it's already claimed and monopolised by one country. Ships have to be allowed through before it can become a useful route.
forrallofus plenty (1 month ago)
croc of shit satanic lies + DECEPTION ya don't live on a ball
fortnitecringe (1 month ago)
Fuck canada what do they care if its their territory or not the northwest passage would help the world
Mex--WarKrime (1 month ago)
In like 50 years it will become international waters
Justin Weber (1 month ago)
Less distance, less fuel, less emissions, less climate change, icier passages, more distance, more fuel, more emissions, less ice, less distance, less fuel, less emissions, less climate change, icier passages, more distance, more fuel, more emissions, less ice, less distance, less fuel, less emissions, less climate change, icier passages, more distance, more fuel, more emissions, less ice.......
paul bultje (1 month ago)
Why couldn't they just ask to go there and look around. They where just like" i know were allies and they probably wont mind but fuck it that's too simple and easy" its not like we would have said no. Aaaaannnndddd without even talking to Canada they just decided its international waters even though every where for years its been Canada's without question.
Porcelain Throne (1 month ago)
Oh and Canada belongs to America so it's America's. Canada is just a territory with shithead trash living In it.
Porcelain Throne (1 month ago)
Sea ice doesn't raise the sea level. The ice has been very large the past couple years. Many people have sailed thru ice free north before industrial times. It's normal for it to sometimes be ice free in the north.
brum brum (1 month ago)
Melting ice on water is not actually causing the see level to rise, but the ice on land is. Ice has a lower density then water, so melting water ice is actually decreasing the see level. The problem is the land ice that is melting and increasing the sea level. Besides that, great video!
Bad Cattitude (1 month ago)
Soon we will annex Canada and make them into states. Then we will deport all the frenchies
Random User (1 month ago)
Oddly enough the potential work around to the northwest passage and arguments with canada/russia is the wall! Because once you have a wall, you need a mote! And once you havea mote you make it a ship passage. And once you do that you need a fence for security anyway. and probably on both sides. The alternative to the panama canal. They would just need to make it in a way it can easily and affordably be repaired/expanded. Probably expensive as hell and it cuts into tourism money. But it could be used for salt and other things and desaliniation plants. Then it could have side cannals fitting to rivers and or docks for getting people across. They could also try to make it less man intensive or machine intensive to try to cut it with water flow as it's built and use the silt and stuff to help build the concrete or whatever was used. God knows how well that would go though. It would be a massive project. Small ships could basically have docks and small cannals on both sides like with normal water ways with car transports. You could even add new vehicles like hover or other odd things attached to railways if you wanted. Especially water to dirt or water to rail transports that could use any rails in U.S/Mexico etc. Then you simply board on one side and travel across the water and continue in whatever way needed/desired. What you would want is a really easy cheap building method. Either cheap as in little money from cost of buying resources or cheap as in stuff available for free in the area to maintain it. Or even producible on location.
Chris Jenkins (1 month ago)
These waters undisputedly belong to Canada and everyone who passes through should pay the piper .
Ronald Florio (1 month ago)
Even proud canadians would have to admit that the u.s. would steamroll them with the crushing force of our military forces including the coast guard.
Ronald Florio (1 month ago)
Send more coast guard. What you gonna do Canada? Answer: nothing.
Thomas Jarvinen (1 month ago)
2019 there is still ice in the Arctic.
Jocelyn Florez (1 month ago)
We should just move all the melting water into the Sahara
HrHaakon (1 month ago)
250 000 out of a projected 13 billion people will die? That's... a rounding errror at that scale.
HrHaakon (1 month ago)
Melting ice would not raise the sea levels. Arkimedes proved that. What you mean is, that the warmer seas would expand to cover more land, right? That''s what you meant? Or even better: We know that the sea levels are rising and that the ice is melting, and this will bring about some changes to how things work around here.
HrHaakon (1 month ago)
​+carultch The average temp on Antarctica's coastline is about -10C. (The summer does of course get warmer than that and the winter colder, but still.) The interior is far, far colder. The entire ice sheet of Antarctica is not going to go away over an average temperature of +3 degrees celsius, where the arctic will get most of the heat increase. The Greenland ice going away would not happen over ten years either. The sheet is 2km thick for crying out loud, and it's recession would be slow, gradual and great news for the people living there, as it would make their lives easier. But even so it would not happen over night. As for Siberia, it's not an ice sheet. It does have permafrost, but that's not the same thing at all.
carultch (1 month ago)
Melting glaciers WOULD raise the sea levels. Melt the ice on Greenland, Nunavut, Siberia, and Antarctica, and that sure as hell would raise sea levels.
Stuart Fox (1 month ago)
The Arctic is not loosing ice. The sea level is not rising appreciably. These claims are fully debunked. There will not be a Northwest Passage for ships even though there are bigger & better ice breakers because the ice is getting thicker. YouTube is filled with scientific reports about global cooling and the Solar Minimum. Read up!
eminemishh (1 month ago)
Denmark,Turkey,Egypt and Canada should be allowed to control,charge and have sovereignty over a these shipping paths that clearly pass through their territory.
C Cabral (1 month ago)
It’s not just the passage, it’s the precedence. Oil, diamond and fresh water are all arctic commodities; surrendering the passage risks precedent for international claim on their commercial rights.
zmaud (1 month ago)
Ah yes, the comment section that makes everyone a genius Also, Go 🇨🇦
Winston M (1 month ago)
As a Canadian I never heard of this before.
John Doe (1 month ago)
Im American and i say its an international waterway. If canadians object, then we can stage a coup and install a puppet government that will agree to it just like we have done all over central and south america. Its our right to take what we want.
Steven Holmes (1 month ago)
Canadian waters no discussion. If you want to know our military prowess come find out. Just ask those at Juno, Holland, France, the Croats at Medac pocket, Paschendale and countless others
Pete 21 (1 month ago)
FINLAND PERKELE TORILLE
Di Chi (1 month ago)
Yay, more pollution
Bill Bo Haggins (1 month ago)
Canada will kill themselves if they continue with their Sweden style white guilt, unless they fight back from (((them))) they won't live long enough to use their shipping lanes. Also, the reason all the trade routes in the whole world are free passage is because of the US, instead of the typical anti-America bullshit how about you lay off the propaganda for a bit?
Mort Kebab (1 month ago)
1. What is the basis of those figures for the cost of "climate change" for the US? 2. Melting of ocean ice does not raise sea levels. If the arctic sea ice melts but Greenland ice cap is largely intact then no rise in sea levels will occur.
Papa Glow Eyes (1 month ago)
The us must L I B E R A T E T H E N O R T H W E S T P A S S A G E