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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Arctic NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.fws.gov/home/arctic-ccp/

Complete updated comprehensive conservation plan including Executive Summary.  Revises the 1988 plan to provide management direction for the next 15-20 years.  From the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan: Final Environmental Impact Statement: Executive Summary

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.fws.gov/home/arctic-ccp/pdfs/Executive_Summary_Jan2015.pdf

Revises the 1988 Plan to provide management direction for the next 15-20 years for the ANWR region.  From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

Obama Administration Moves to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/obama-administration-moves-to-protect-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.cfm

Agency press release with summary of plans to protect some 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northern Alaska from development.  From the Interior Department

 

Evaluating and Ranking Threats to the Long-Term Persistence of Polar Bears

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Environment

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1254/pdf/ofr2014-1254.pdf

Uses new models to forecast the future status of polar bears worldwide and new information on actual and predicted polar sea ice loss to evaluate the threats and plan management actions to mitigate the threats in four ecoregions.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

NASA-UCI Study Indicates Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers Appears Unstoppable

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/may/nasa-uci-study-indicates-loss-of-west-antarctic-glaciers-appears-unstoppable/

Reports results of investigation sponsored jointly  by NASA and the University of California-Irvine which determined that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will melt into the sea raising sea levels by four feet.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18136.pdf

 

Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice

 

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