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April 23, 2012


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The Senate will resume consideration of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. The House will hold a pro forma session, and no votes are expected. 


From Knowledge to Action, April 22-27, 2012. The conference will bring IPYmeetinglogotogether 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. Click here



antifreeze fishScientists Call for No-fish Zone in Arctic Waters. Thousands of scientists from 67 countries have called for an international agreement to close the Arctic high seas to commercial fishing until research reveals more about the freshly exposed waters. Recent Arctic sea ice retreat during the summer months have opened up some of the waters that fall outside of the exclusive economic zones of the nations that circle the polar ocean. In all, more than 2.8 million square kilometres make up these international waters, which some scientists say could be ice free during summer months within 10 to 15 years. Although industrial fishing hasn't yet occurred in the northernmost part of the Arctic, the lack of regulation may make it an appealing target for international commercial fishing vessels. Nature


Arctic Ocean Could be Source of Greenhouse Gas: Study. The Arctic Ocean could be a significant contributor of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, scientists reported on Sunday. Researchers carried out five flights in 2009 and 2010 to measure atmospheric methane in latitudes as high as 82 degrees north. They found concentrations of the gas close to the ocean surface, especially in areas where sea ice had cracked or broken up. Fox News 


ChinaflagSuccessful Visit by Chinese Head of State in Iceland. Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Wen Jiabao was on an official visit in Iceland last weekend, described as successful by Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéğinsson. Össur told Morgunblağiğ that he is not concerned that China might try to take advantage of Iceland's economic situation, referring to declarations made by the Chinese leader during a meeting with his Icelandic counterpart. Iceland Review


New Source of Methane Discovered: the Arctic Ocean. It has been known for some time that large quantities of methane lie hidden in reservoirs under the permafrost layers on the tundra and in clathrates on the continental shelves. It is not a secret that those large quantities of gas might be released due to the warming of our planet, which will result in positive climate feedback making it even warmer. But now NASA researchers have found a new methane source that might have global consequences: the Arctic Ocean. Bits of Science  


canadian flagEnvironment Canada to Monitor What Scientists Say: No access to media at polar summit. Government media minders are being dispatched to an international polar conference in Montreal to monitor and record what Environment Canada scientists say to reporters. The scientists will present the latest findings on everything from seabirds to Arctic ice, and Environment Canada's media office plans to intervene when the media approaches the researchers, Postmedia News has learned. Montreal Gazette


Remote Little Diomede Perched Between Past and Future. Build it and they will come. Don't and they will pass by. This is the trendy, yet sincere, Arctic call-to-action about ports and ice breakers among big thinkers who plan for the future and fear what will happen if others don't. All of the societal issues that get policy makers worked up - economies and commerce, health, transportation, education, environment, national defense - are precariously encased in the vision of an ice-free Arctic bustling with industry and tourism. In the middle of all of this sits Little Diomede, a village of about 100 people where Ingalikmiut Eskimos still live off the land, hunting polar bears and other marine mammals for food. Alaska Dispatch 


Lessons From Third World Could Help Fix Circumpolar Health Crisis: Experts. In an era of federal government cutbacks, some of the strategies used to provide low-cost health solutions in Africa and other areas of the poor developing world could be used in the circumpolar region, experts said April 22 at a conference in Montreal. That's among the suggestions proposed during a panel on global health and circumpolar perspectives held in Montreal, as the International Polar Year science conference gets underway. Nunatsiaq Online


Oil Spill Contained at Russia's Trebs Arctic Field. An incident that has led to oil spill has occurred on April 20 at Russia's Arctic Trebs oil field, the regional Emergencies Ministry said on Sunday. "An accident occurred at the oilfield at 5.30 pm Moscow time on Friday, oil began rushing," a ministry spokesman said. Rescuers arrived on Saturday, and the rush of oil was terminated on Sunday. RIA Novosti 

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No Arctic legislation was formally considered Friday.

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USARC Commission Meeting, April 27-28, 2012. The 97th meeting of the CPClogoUSARC will be held in Montreal, Canada, in conjunction with the "From Knowledge to  


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Action" IPY meeting referred to above. The Commission will meet on April 27-28, and will meet jointly with the Canadian Polar Commission on the afternoon of the 27th, to discuss common interests in Arctic Research. Details here. 


Arctic Forum 2012, April 30-May 1, 2012. The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. will host the forum in conjunction with their 24th annual meeting. Both events will be in Washington, D.C. The Arctic Forum is part of the American Geophysical Union's Science Policy Conference, which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Conference will focus on the science that helps inform policymakers' decisions. Within the Science Policy Conference, the Arctic Forum will assess gaps and priority needs for arctic scientific information to inform decision makers in policy formation for three key themes:

                - Governance and Security in the Arctic;

                - Transportation and Energy Development; and

                - Changing Arctic Ecosystems.

The Forum will examine the current state of policymaker and public understanding of the issues. An important goal will be to foster an increased capacity for dialogue and action on arctic science-policy issues.


AGU Science Policy Conference, April 30- May 3, 2012. The American Geophysical Union hosts a policy conference in Washington, D.C. to bring together scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss key Earth and space science topics that address challenges to our environment, economy, national security, and public safety. This meeting will focus on the science that helps inform policymakers' decisions related to natural hazards, natural resources, oceans, and the Arctic. 


[Postponed]American Polar Society 75th Anniversary Meeting and Symposium, "The Polar Regions in the 21st Century: Globalization, Climate Change and Geopolitics", to occur in 2013, The Explorers Club, NYC. For 75 years, the American Polar Society has both documented and communicated polar activities to the interested world. This meeting will bring together the current leaders in science, government, commerce, and diplomacy for a state-of-the-art forecast of the next seventy-five years in a world influenced more than ever before by the destiny of the Arctic and Antarctic. Click here.  


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. Click here.  


15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, August 5-10, 2012. This event 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 healthmeetinglogoindigenous 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. Click here


The Arctic Imperative Summit, August 24-28, 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. Click here


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 inuitconferencelogomuseums 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, click here. 



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