Foregrounder | Finland wants to show the world what it means to be Arctic
Perhaps the biggest (in more ways than one) example of what Finns like to call ‘snow how’ is the country’s prowess as a designer, builder and operater of icebreakers.
National legislation requiring 20 of Finland’s 60 ports to remain open year-round means the country has had plenty of domestic motivation for sustaining the industry. Emerging international interest in Arctic shipping has opened a broader market. Now, the technology developed in its home waters is increasingly finding its way to traditional icebreakers as well as ice-strengthened and ice-breaking vessels that sail under other countries’ flags.
By Jaswin S. Singh
Ice in the arctic is rapidly decreasing as global warming is at its alarming rate. Some scientists have proposed to refreeze the arctic and that move will cost $500 billion.
Physicist Steven Desch and his team have a plan to solve the problem. Their solution is to build wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. His team is from the Arizona State University and they have laid it all out. According to The Guardian, the pumps will be used during winter. They would be pumping out water to the surface of the ice, and the water will freeze.
The method, which will cost $500 billion, will create 10 million pimps and it would add one meter of ice to the Arctic's two to three meters melting ice caps. Steven Desch said in a newspaper interview that thicker ice would be great as it would last longer. Melting of ice caps during the summer will no longer be a problem because of the extra ice the pumps will give.