The secretary of state will visit Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
But he made no reference to America's future in the Paris climate agreement.
Our future is directly dependent on the Arctic’s future.
As the Arctic Frontiers conference takes place, an important annual gathering for marine scientists, the Alaska Marine Science
During Justin Trudeau’s election campaign and his first 100 days in government, four themes have emerged – infrastructure
The presence of human habitation, and its right to security and survival is the essential focus of the emerging Arctic consensus. There is no question that the needs of those communities will be addressed.
The whole thing seemed like a coded conversation about the control of inevitable exploitation of Arctic resources, justified by high-minded agreement and theoretical application to the economic, social, and cultural needs of indigenous peoples referred to often but represented there in very few numbers.
Reaching for Remote Hydrocarbon Riches, Shell Oil Plans to Drill In Arctic Ocean, Despite Setbacks, Protests and Lawsuits
Despite the Obama Administration's jawboning about the dangers of climate change and the Administration's Climate Action Plan, it has recently given conditional approval to Shell Oil to drill for oil in the perilous waters of the Chukchi Sea.
According to experts, approximately one-third of the world's remaining oil and natural gas reserves are to be found in the Arctic. There needs to be a balance between protecting the Arctic environment and the need for resource development and management. The joint pursuit of responsible Arctic stewardship is necessary.
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As the U.S. resumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council for a two-year term starting on 24 April 2015, the ball is squarely in President Barack Obama's court to provide statesmanship needed for the Arctic as a zone of peace.
Society has a historic choice to make with the Arctic. Should we continue our industrial expansion into one of the last wild areas of the world, further degrading its environment? Or, should we choose to protect and sustain this magnificent place?
Conflict underlies the growing controversy and opposition by many to comparable energy driven development in China, Africa, and other developing states with growing financial and social aspirations already enjoyed by the developed world. It seems to be an unstoppable, repeating pattern that will endure regardless of lessons already learned.
The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, pushing species toward extinction, accelerating ice melt and sea level rise, and amplifying climate change worldwide.
The new strategy does not provide details on how policy makers intend to resolve what are starkly opposing interests. From
Accelerated melting in the Arctic has U.S. officials considering the possibility of a national security threat. Could increased terrorist activity and violence be in store? Climate change experts weigh in on the geopolitical impacts around the world. Guest Malte Humpert joins Alyona to discuss.
* Guidelines avoid details such as corporate liability The Arctic document makes clear it is non-binding, except for repayment
The Arctic is one of most pristine and unique regions of our planet, but it is now in crisis from two serious threats -- climate change and industrialization.