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October 11, 2011

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The House will consider a slew of veterans' bills. The Senate will vote on a judicial confirmation.

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Daniel InouyeInouye Open to Considering Several 'Minibus' Spending Packages. The top Senate appropriator would prefer to consider fiscal 2012 spending bills in small batches, rather than try to wrap them into one omnibus package. Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said he would prefer the "minibus" approach - where lawmakers clear packages of several spending bills - a view shared by some of his GOP colleagues. And, Inouye would like for the Senate to get to work quickly on these measures. Congressional Quarterly


Loose Propeller Nut Strands Coast Guard Icebreaker [Canada]. The Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent has freed innumerable ice-locked vessels, explored the unseen depths of the Arctic bottom and hosted prime ministers and the world's top Arctic scientists. Recently, however, the bright red workhorse of Canada's marine Arctic presence has been doing not much of anything. For the past two weeks, the 111-metre icebreaker has been stranded off the Nunavut coast by a loose propeller nut. Since Sept. 27, the ship's bobbing red form has been a familiar sight from the shores of the 1,500-person Arctic hamlet of Cambridge Bay. National Post 


Arctic Council- Search and Rescue Agreement Signed. The first international agreement written exclusively for the Arctic region was signed at the ministerial meeting in Nuuk, May 12 2011. The agreement, which deals with search and rescue of aeronautical and maritime vessels and passengers, is also the first international agreement made by the Arctic Council. The Agreement titled "Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue in the Arctic" was made in accordance with the 1979 International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) and the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation, but serves to further strengthen aeronautical and maritime SAR cooperation in the Arctic. gCaptain 


A White-Hot Future for Oil and Gas. Opportunities in oil and natural gas have rarely been so bountiful. New finds and technological advances and fresh access to some countries are pushing exploration and production into areas once considered peripheral. Some of the most promising new fields are in deep water off the coast of Brazil. Experts say they could yield as much oil as the North Sea. There have been significant strikes off the coast of French Guiana, north of Brazil, and off Ghana in West Africa. New York Times


russian flagRussia to Clean Up Its Polluted Arctic Region. Russia has launched a cleaning up operation in its Arctic region. A programme to revive Franz Josef Land is being worked out following an expedition to the archipelago. Moreover, Russia will allocate 10 million Euros to the Arctic Council for supporting cleaning up projects in the Polar Region in 2011-2013. Franz Josef Land is one of the key Arctic territories that need urgent ecological support for cleaning up hazardous waste. Earlier, there were a military base and a hydro-meteorological station, but at present the territory is a huge garbage dump site. Semi-destroyed warehouses, hangers, machines and equipment and about 400,000 barrels of oil products remind of active life that existed in the 60s and 70s. The barrels will be removed first because some of them have rusted and oil has been leaking into the soil. Further destruction of containers poses a serious and chronic threat to the environment. Voice of Russia 


Market Opportunities and Entry Strategies, Analysis and Forecasts to 2016 [Canada]. This 167 page report provides a top level overview of the Canadian defense industry, offering insights into market opportunities and entry strategies adopted by foreign OEMs to gain a market share in the Canadian defense industry. In particular, it offers in-depth analysis of defense industry market size from 2005 through 2010 and forecasts until 2016 and provides an insight into the Canadian defense industry with current, historic and forecast market values. The report predicts an increase in the forecast period (2011-2016). The reduced growth rate of the defense budget during the forecast period is due to budget cuts announced by the government to reduce its fiscal deficit. As a result, the defense budget is expected to decrease by 2016.  Canadian defense expenditure is mainly driven by the modernization of its armed forces outlined in the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS), the country's participation in various peacekeeping missions around the world, and the need to ensure the sovereignty of the Arctic region, which has become vulnerable to foreign intrusions due to climate change and speculation surrounding oil reserves in the area. Defense Update


Climate Change Topic of Legislative Meeting in Bethel. The Alaska Northern Waters Task Force is meeting in Bethel on Monday at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Task Force was created by the Legislature in 2010 to look at how climate change and the melting Arctic waters are affecting business and the lives of people in Alaska: shipping, fishing, tourism, climate change mitigation strategies, and Alaska becoming more involved in pan-Arctic governance. The Task Force will report back to the Legislature by January 30, 2012. On Monday morning, attendees will hear from the Chair, Reggie Joule of Kotzebue; from Mike Coffey, DOT Maintenance and Operations Chief; from Mike Brubaker with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Then at noon, there will be a local knowledge elders' panel. After lunch, AVCP's Tim Andrew and Steve Street will talk about natural resources and shoreline erosion. KYUK 

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S. 1665, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 (Begich, introduced and referred to committee)

Future Events                                   


Arctic Futures Symposium, October 12-14, 2011. The International Polar Foundation (IPF) and the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco will host Arctic Futures 2011. The event is a follow-up to last year's symposium, and will bring together international and interdisciplinary Arctic stakeholders including EU and foreign policymakers, scientists, representatives of industry, indigenous peoples and academics to discuss needs, address challenges, exchange ideas, and network.


From Knowledge to Action, April 22-27, 2012. The conference will bring together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, non-government, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference is hosted by the Canadian IPY Program Office in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada, among other groups. Each day of the conference will feature a program of keynote speakers, plenary panel discussions, parallel science sessions, as well as dedicated poster sessions. The conference-wide plenaries will explore themes related to topics of polar change, global linkages, communities and health, ecosystem services, infrastructure, resources and security. Other sessions will provide the opportunity to present and discuss the application of research findings, policy implications and how to take polar knowledge to action. 


The Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, June 2012. The conference will be held in Tyumen, Russia, and is organized and hosted by Russia. The last conference was held in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 2008. Details to follow.  


The Arctic Imperative Summit, July 29-August 1, 2012. The summit will be hosted by Alaska Dispatch and will bring together leading voices in this conversation, including residents from the small villages that comprise Alaska's coastal communities; state, national and international leaders; the heads of shipping and industry; as well as international policymakers and the news media. The goal of the summit is to sharpen the focus on the policy and investment needs of Alaska's Arctic through a series of high level meetings, presentations, investor roundtables and original research.


15th International Congress on Circumpolar Heath, August 5-10, 2012. This kivalina girlevent is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Society for Circumpolar Health, and the International Union for Circumpolar Health.  The forum will consider community participatory research and indigenous research; women's health, family health, and well-being; food security and nutrition; social determinants of health; environmental and occupational health; infectious and chronic diseases; climate change health impacts; health service delivery and infrastructure; and, behavioral health


Arctic/Inuit/Connections: Learning from the Top of the World , October 24-28, 2012.  The 18th Inuit Studies Conference, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, will be held in Washington, DC. The conference will consider heritage museums and the North; globalization: an Arctic story; power, governance and politics in the North; the '"new" Arctic: social, cultural and climate change; and Inuit education, health, language, and literature. For more information, please email Lauren Marr.

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