While the U.S. put off funding new icebreakers year after year, Russia built a fleet of more than 40 now at the ready as a melting Arctic opens new frontiers.
A version of this ICN story was co-published with NBC News
Coast Guard crews are known for keeping their cool in high-stress situations. But when Lt. Samuel Krakower stepped into the engine room of the Polar Star last Jan. 16—midsummer in Antarctica—the scene was frantic.
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Original Title: Build Trump’s Wall or Protect the Arctic? Down to 2 Aging Icebreakers, National Security Is at Risk
Full Text of the Original Article: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03122018/national-security-arctic-icebreaker-funding-emergency-climate-change-coast-guard-military-readiness