Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Breaking ice

A great controversy has been raised by the eastern neighbour when a nuclear icebreaker was tested in the Baltic Sea without the consent of neighbouring countries, what if anything would have gone wrong?

The same neighbour also has huge resources of gas and oil and of course wants to make money on them; they are planning to construct a gas pipeline on the bottom of the Baltic Sea passing close to several neighbouring countries all the way to Germany.

As the export of gas and oil through the Finnish gulf and the Baltic Sea is expanding, the concerns of polluting the sea and coastal areas should any accidents happen to tankers or the planned pipeline, and several countries are now trying to figure out what is going on.

Anyway, the sun is shining, and heat records have been broken in Finland. It has never been this warm before in the month of March, last record was from 1945 with a 16 degrees Celsius, and yesterday we had 17,5 degrees and the ices of the lakes are just melting away.

I can’t help thinking about it as a friend of my dear spouse announced at a dinner last weekend that he was going fishing on the ice next Saturday. Is this really Russian roulette the Finnish way?

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