The Maritime Executive published an article titled, “Arctic Council Continues Environmental Studies.” The article reads in part as follows;
“The Arctic Council concluded their latest meeting in Portland, Maine, on October 6, hearing updates from a range of working groups involved with environmental protection of the region.
The three currently active task forces of the Arctic Council presented updates on their work to advance cooperation on Arctic marine issues, enhance cross-border scientific cooperation and survey the current state of telecommunications infrastructure in the Arctic.
The Arctic Council’s six working groups also reported progress on specific elements of their work, including:
• A suite of projects addressing short-lived climate pollutants, highlighting the importance of practical measures to reduce black carbon emissions and introduce options for renewable energy investments in the Russian Arctic
• An assessment of new chemicals (some used as replacements for banned substances) that are now being found in Arctic environments and biota, raising new concerns
• A report summarizing the status and trends in key biotic elements of the Arctic marine environment
• A recently-held exercise, led by the U.S. Coast Guard, supporting the 2011 Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution and Response in the Arctic, which provided an important opportunity to improve international cooperation and preparedness
• A project to develop an interactive, user-friendly tool to capture Arctic conditions and shipping-related activities, allowing for trend and risk analysis for the Arctic marine environment.”