Climate and Development Head the Arctic Council’s Agenda

The Arctic Deeply published a Q&A article titled, “Climate and Development Head the Arctic Council’s Agenda.” The article reads in part as follows;

On September 19, 1996, eight days after the Arctic sea ice retreated to its lowest summertime level that year at 7.19 million square km (2.78 million square miles), representatives of the Arctic states signed the Ottawa Declaration that established the Arctic Council. This high-level intergovernmental forum – a rejuvenation of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy created in 1989 – gave the eight states and their Indigenous peoples a place to address the issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the region.

Cutting off Arctic drilling options would harm US energy security

Letter to the Editor, The Hill

By Erik Milito, Director of Upstream, American Petroleum Institute 

Maintaining Arctic exploration options in the Obama administration’s next five-year leasing plan is critical for America’s future energy security. Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas are estimated to contain more oil and natural gas than the Atlantic and Pacific coasts combined, and the majority of the U.S. Arctic potential is located in relatively shallow water depths of less than 100 meters. Given the long lead time required to develop offshore projects, taking Arctic production opportunities off the table could delay pursuit of this potential for at least a decade (“President Obama should remove Arctic Ocean from offshore oil lease program,” Sept. 2, The Hill’s Congress Blog).

The Arctic Council: A Forum for Peace and Cooperation

The Arctic Journal published the following press release titled, “The Arctic Council: A Forum for Peace and Cooperation.” The article reads in part as follows;

“On September 19, 1996 in Ottawa, the Arctic Council was established as a high level intergovernmental forum to enhance cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States with the active involvement of Arctic indigenous peoples and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues.  Today, we celebrate twenty years of Arctic cooperation and look forward to a long term future of peace and stability in the region.

Arctic Council Turns 20

The Maritime Executive published the following article titled, “Arctic Council Turns 20.” The article reads in part as follows;

“The Arctic Council turned 20 on Monday. It was established on September 19, 1996, with the signing of the Ottawa Declaration.

The Declaration gives the Arctic Council a broad mandate to address issues of relevance to the Arctic Region and its peoples. During its first 20 years, the Arctic Council focused much of its work on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

Safe and reliable water the focus of upcoming conference

The Arctic Sounder published an article titled, “Safe and reliable water the focus of upcoming conference.” The article reads as follows;

“Over the weekend, a group of engineers, health experts, researchers, and innovators will be gathering in Anchorage for the Conference on Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes.

From Sept. 18-21, the group will focus on “addressing the challenges of providing safe and affordable access to household running water and sanitation in remote Arctic and sub-Arctic communities,” according to the event website.

The conference is one of the official events being held during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. It is an endorsed project of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group.

King’s Lessons From the High North

The Free Press released an article titled, “King’s Lessons From the High North.” It reads in part as follows,

“Senator Angus King visited Greenland at the end of August on a research trip that he said was more valuable than reading a year’s worth of research reports about rising sea levels and a warming climate.

He said a visit with climate experts to the massive Jacobshavn Glacier made it clear that rising sea levels are measurable and a pressing concern for U.S. coastal areas subject to storm surges.

Congress Receives Report on Arctic Issues

Global Trade published the following article titled, “Congress Receives Report on Arctic Issues.” The article reads in part as follows,

“The Congressional Research Service, a bipartisan and well regarded agency that briefs the U.S. Congress on current issues has weighed in on the diminution of Arctic sea ice and the increase in human activities in the region, including trade and transportation.

Alaska makes the United States an Arctic country and therefore has substantial interests in the region. In January 2015, President Obama issued an executive order for enhancing coordination of national efforts in the Arctic. The United States assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in April 2015 and will serve in that capacity for two years.

Arctic Council brings big October meetings to Portland, Maine

NunatsiaqOnline posted the following article titled, “Arctic Council brings big October meetings to Portland, Maine.” The article reads in part as follows,

“When you look at the city of Portland, Maine on the northeastern coast of the United States, it’s more likely that you’ll be reminded of lobsters rather than the Arctic.

But during September and early October, Maine will welcome nearly 250 ambassadors, scientists, representatives of Indigenous communities from around the Arctic and other Arctic leaders to various Arctic Council meetings and workshops associated with the Arctic Council’s working groups, task forces and expert groups.


European Newsweek published the following article titled, “What Laws are in Place to Protect the Arctic?” The article reads in part as follows,

“In August 2016, the 13-deck, 1,000-passenger Crystal Serenity set sail from Alaska to become the first cruise liner to attempt the Arctic’s fabled “north-west passage” that runs across the top of North America from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Until recently the passage was too clogged with ice for all but the sturdiest of ships.

Quo vadis Arctic Council? Framing debates about the Arctic Council at twenty

UiT released an article titled, “Que vadis Arctic Council? Framing debates about the Arctic Council at twenty.” The article reads as follows,

“This year marks the twenty years since the establishment of the Arctic Council. Over this time, the Council has developed into the most important arena for intergovernmental cooperation in the Arctic and plays a key role in generating knowledge about the situation in the North. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council, UiT in cooperation with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise a series of mini-seminars that are devised to provide a platform for discussing Norwegian performance with the involvement of government officials, researchers, students and all interested parties.