The Global Trade posted an article titled, “Congress Receives Report on Arctic Issues: The Region is Rife with Security and Commercial Consequences”. 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 sea ice has reached record low levels over the past decade, focusing scientific and policy attention on the possibility of extended ice-free seasons in the Arctic in coming decades.”