Trump’s Presidency Gives Norway Hope For Fossil Fuel Exploration in the Arctic

The Huffington Post published an article titled, “Trump’s Presidency Gives Norway Hope For Fossil Fuel Exploration in the Arctic.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Trump’s inauguration in January marked the start of high levels of distress across the world as news of his policies spreads across the globe.

But in the midst of it all Norway sees a ray of hope for its plans in the Arctic Circle.

Officials from Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs say Trump’s business background may suit their development goals better than Obama’s pro-environment policies.

Preparations underway for Arctic Council ministerial, related events

Alaska Public Media published an article titled, “Preparations underway for Arctic Council ministerial, related events.” The article reads in part as follows;

“A U.S. State Department official said planning is well under way for the big, biennial meeting of top diplomats from the eight Arctic Council member nations to be held this spring in Fairbanks.

‘We have an advance team of 40 individuals who are up with us – to give you an idea of how much commitment and how much work goes into planning a meeting with these many moving parts’, Ann Meceda, a State Department Arctic affairs officer, said.

Many Moving Parts’: Preparations Under Way for Arctic Council Ministerial, Related Events

KUAC posted an article titled, “Many Moving Parts’: Preparations Under Way for Arctic Council Ministerial, Related Events.” The article reads in part as follows;

“A U.S. State Department official says planning is well under way for the big, biennial meeting of top diplomats from the eight Arctic Council member nations to be held this spring in Fairbanks.

“We have an advance team of 40 individuals who are up with us – to give you an idea of how much commitment and how much work goes into planning a meeting with these many moving parts,” says Ann Meceda, a State Department Arctic affairs officer.

Russian, Swedish foreign ministers to discuss bilateral relations

Tass: Russian News Agency posted an article titled, “Russian, Swedish foreign ministers to discuss bilateral relations.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom on Tuesday to discuss bilateral cooperation and interaction in the international arena, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

Wallstrom is in Moscow on a working visit at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister.

‘During the talks, the foreign ministers will discuss relevant issues of Russian-Swedish bilateral relations, cooperation of Russia and Sweden in regional structures in Northern Europe and in international affairs’, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on the eve of the visit.

Arctic Economic Council approves northern partner

The Arctic Sounder published an article titled, “Arctic Economic Council approves northern partner.” The article reads as follows;

“The Arctic Economic Council, a business-minded group with ties to the Arctic Council, recently approved bringing on its first northern partner.

Arctic Slope Regional Corp. had applied for the position. Its application was unanimously approved by the governance committee members after passing through a review by the executive committee, according to a release from the corporation.

Arctic Economic Council Brings On First Northern Partner

PR Newswire posted an article titled, “Arctic Economic Council Brings On First Northern Partner.” The article reads in part as follows;

“One month after applying to be an Arctic Economic Council (AEC) Northern Partner, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s (ASRC) application has been unanimously approved. This makes ASRC the first organization in the Arctic with such a designation. There are various levels of membership at the AEC.

White coats versus the White House

The Arctic Journal published an article titled, “White coats versus the White House.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Plenty of speculation has gone into what sort of policy, if any, Donald Trump will have towards the Arctic. Cooler heads suggest status quo is most likely. “If past is prologue, my supposition is that US policy in the Arctic is not likely to change in the next few years,” David Balton, a senior US diplomat and the chair of the Arctic Council’s senior Arctic officials, said on January 25, during Arctic Frontiers, a big conference.

Arctic indigenous leaders speak up about the dangers of increased shipping

Ship-technology posted an article online titled, “Arctic indigenous leaders speak up about the dangers of increased shipping.” The article reads in part as follows;

“The Arctic is often used as a poster child for some of the most extreme consequences of climate change, as the environment here warms at a faster pace than any other region in the world.

In November last year, the Arctic Resilience Report, produced by an international team of researchers under the auspices of the Arctic Council, identified the 19 tipping points that had occurred in Arctic marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

Executive Summary for January 27th

Arctic Deeply published an article titled, “Executive Summary for January 27th.” The article reads in part as follows;

“There was one big question on the minds of those attending Norway’s Arctic Frontiers conference: What will Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency mean to the Arctic? The answer offered by one U.S. rep in attendance: ‘The truth is I don’t think anybody really knows yet’.

As Alaska Dispatch News reports, that was ventured by David Balton, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for oceans and fisheries and the current chairman of the Arctic Council’s Senior Arctic Officials group.

Arctic Economic Council Releases Comprehensive Report

PR Newswire posted an article titled, “Arctic Economic Council Releases Comprehensive Report.” The article reads in part as follows;

“The Arctic Economic Council (AEC) is proud to announce the publication and release of its comprehensive report: Arctic Broadband, Recommendations for an Interconnected Arctic. This report analyzes the current state of broadband in the circumpolar far north, and details suggestions of how to facilitate the technology’s deployment and adoption. The 30-page first-of-its-kind report is a product of the AEC’s Telecommunications Working Group, chaired by former U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell.