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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

 

Alaskan National Park Glaciers: Status and Trends: Fourth Progress Report

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

http://irmafiles.nps.gov/reference/holding/489332

Presents results from mapping of all glacier extents and from measurements of surface elevation change for Alaskan glaciers.  Discovered that glaciers decreased 5% to 11% from 1950/51 to 2005/07.  From the National Park Service

 

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/nat_arctic_strategy.pdf

Proposes a strategy for taking advantage of emerging economic opportunities in the warming Arctic region while working with other nations to protect the environment and promote peace.  From the White House

 

Arctic Strategy

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Defense/Military,Energy,Environment,Homeland Security,Natural Resources

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_Arctic_Strategy.pdf

The ice is melting and the mineral resources are becoming more available for exploitation.  This document presents the U.S. strategy for maintaining stability and security in the arctic in a warming world.  From the Defense Department

 

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2012

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Weather/Disasters

http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/documents/WMO_1108_EN_web_000.pdf

Covers key findings, regional climate features and tropical cyclones.  2012 joined the ten previous years as one of the warmest on record.  From the World Meterological Organization

 

Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Defense/Military,Govt Finance

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34391.pdf

Describes the current state of the U.S. icebreakers, the budget prospects for improvements, and how polar icebreaking should be handled in the future.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

UNEP Yearbook: Emerging Issues in our Global Environment 2013

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,United Nations

http://www.unep.org/pdf/uyb_2013.pdf

Sounds an alarm about damage to the polar icecaps.  As sea ice melts (it was 18% below previous recorded minimums in the summer of 2012), a rush to exploit natural resources creates conditions for further damage to the fragile system.  From the United Nations Environment Programme

 

 

State of the Earth’s Cryosphere at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Glaciers, Global Snow Cover, Floating Ice, and Permafrost and Periglacial Environments

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/p1386a/pdf/pp1386a-1-web.pdf

Describes the results of satellite study of the colder regions of the planet in a time of warming.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

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