Russian meteorological authorities are confirming that Arctic sea ice has melted to levels that are "way below average...at historically low levels" (Times of India). Repeating something which has happened for several years now, the Northeast Passage (also known as the Northern Sea Route) along the nation's northern seaboard can be navigated for nearly the entire way without icebreaking ships leading the way. It's expected that the route will remain open through September at least.
The Russian meteorological bureau notes that the sea route opening up for longer and longer periods means that the nation's Arctic regions benefit due to easier access of food and energy supplies.
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