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March 6, 2012

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The Senate will consider the surface transportation reauthorization. The House will consider legislation to impose punitive tariffs on imported goods from state economies such as China's. 


Interagency Science in the Arctic, March 6, 2012. The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (AACAP) will host a webinar with the National Science Foundation's Erica Key. The purpose of this webinar is to connect scientists with government officials and policymakers.  


begichBegich Details New Era of Opportunity in Arctic Development: Proposes bills for Arctic research, education, business development. Citing more progress toward developing Alaska's Arctic resources in the past three years than the previous 30, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich detailed a new vision for Alaska's economic prosperity focused on the Arctic. In his annual address to the Alaska State Legislature, Begich said Alaska is "at the cusp of a new era of Arctic development" and called for a state-federal partnership to ensure that development is done responsibly and that Alaskans are prepared for a new "Arctic jobs pipeline." Senator Mark Begich


Labrador Asks Harper to Pony Up on Promised Drone Squadron: "The original commitment was made back in 2006 during the federal election." When he was opposition leader, Stephen Harper promised Newfoundland and Labrador that if his Conservatives formed a government, he would station a squadron of drones at one of the province's military bases for Arctic surveillance. More than six years later, the province and community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay are pressing the Conservative government to pony up. Nunatsiaq Online


arcticcouncilAshton Pushes EU's Arctic Council Bid. European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will use a visit to Finland, Sweden and Norway to discuss the EU's bid for permanent observer status on the Arctic Council, and for talks on the bloc's policy in the region. The European Commission said in a statement that the Arctic had "even more strategic, economic and environmental interest for the EU" than when it last published a strategy for the region in 2008. Ashton's visit will be followed-up with a fresh policy document to be produced this spring. Public Service Europe 


Higher Inuit Presence in Economy, Society. To increase Inuit participation in the economy and grow the Kitikmeot Corporation at a measured pace are some goals the new head of the corporation says he would like to achieve. David Omilgoitok started in his new position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kitikmeot Corporation earlier this month, a challenge he said he decided to take as he has an interest in and knowledge of the region. The corporation is the development arm of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association. Northern News Services ONLINE 


Military Exercise Underway in Nunavik: Troops Learning to Work in Arctic Conditions. Another major military exercise is underway in the North, this time in Nunavik. More than 200 reservists arrived in Salluit, Que., over the weekend. They're from the 35th Canadian Brigade Group in Quebec City. Operation 'Guerrier Nordique' will have them skiing, building igloos, and doing some target practice. Capt. Pierre Frenette with the 35th Canadian Brigade Group says the exercise is about learning northern survival skills, with help from Canadian Rangers. CBC News  

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Website Available- Barrow Science Support. CH2M HILL Polar Services (CPS) and UMIAQ announce the reintroduction of the Barrow science support website, entitled the "Barrow Bulletin," as a tool to assist in planning NSF-funded research and fieldwork in the area of Barrow, Alaska. To visit the Barrow Bulletin website, please go to: The Barrow Bulletin is created as an outlet for news items, program updates, and an introduction to the new support model including the staff and their organizations. No password is required to access information and the site allows users to submit confidential comments or questions. More information available here


Ocean Acidification Rate May be Unprecedented, Study Says. The world's oceans may be turning acidic faster today from human carbon emissions than they did during four major extinctions in the last 300 million years, when natural pulses of carbon sent global temperatures soaring, says a new study in Science. The study is the first of its kind to survey the geologic record for evidence of ocean acidification over this vast time period. Science Daily 


black carbonStudy Quantifies Effect of Soot on Snow and Ice, Supporting Previous Climate Findings. A new study from scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), published in Nature Climate Change, has quantitatively demonstrated that black carbon-also known as soot, a pollutant emitted from power plants, diesel engines and residential cooking and heating, as well as forest fires-reduces the reflectance of snow and ice, an effect that increases the rate of global climate change.  


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S. 2154, to provide for research, monitoring and observation of the Arctic Ocean and for other purposes (Begich, introduced and referred to committee)



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Arctic Workshop, March 7-9, 2012. The Workshop is hosted by the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. The meeting is open to all interested in the Arctic, and will consist of a series of talks and poster sessions covering all aspects of INSTAARhigh-latitude environments. Previous Arctic Workshops have included presentations on arctic and antarctic climate, archeology, environmental geochemistry, geomorphology, hydrology, glaciology, soils, ecology, oceanography, Quaternary history, and more. A traditional strength of the Workshop has been Arctic paleoenvironments. Click here.


The Science of Ocean and Coastal Restoration, March 7, 2012. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership will hold a Public Policy Forum in the Capitol Hill Visitors Center (Room SVC 210/212) on Capitol Hill. This year's theme is the science of ocean and coastal restoration. The Forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. and features 3 panels with various panelists from around the country and remarks by several Members of Congress. Invited speakers include EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Senator Begich, Senator Cardin, and USARC Chair Fran Ulmer. Details here.  


Fiscal 2013 Budget: Native American Programs, March 8, 2012. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the fiscal 2013 budget request for Native American programs.


Fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization: Southern and Northern Commands, March 13, 2012. The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. Northern Command in review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2013 and the future years' defense program. The session may be closed.


Arctic Science Summit Week 2012, April 20-22, 2012. The summit will provide opportunities for international coordination, collaboration, and cooperation in all areas of arctic science. Side meetings organized by stakeholders in arctic science and policy are also expected. More information here


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


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 to follow. 


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.


American Polar Society 75th Anniversary Meeting and Symposium, "The Polar Regions in the 21st Century: Globalization, Climate Change and Geopolitics", May 2-4, 2012, 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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