US Arctic Research Commission
April 6, 2011

Today's Eventstodaysevents 


The Senate will consider a small business research bill that is anticipated to include amendments on EPA greenhouse gas regulation.  The House is expected to consider EPA greenhouse gas regulation today in another legislative vehicle.  

HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Homeland Security, April 6, 7. The Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will hold hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction. 


HOUSE: Fiscal 2012 Appropriations: Interior and Environment, April 6, 7, 12. The Interior and Environment and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee will hold hearings on the proposed fiscal year 2012 appropriations for departments, agencies, and programs under its jurisdiction.


Media Reviewtodaysevents  


Democrats Plan Budget to Counter GOP. House Democrats will propose a competing long-term budget plan in the coming days in a high-stakes gamble aimed at not ceding political ground to Republicans on fiscal matters. The move by Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen allows Democrats to have a voice in the all-consuming budget debate. However, it also poses risks for the Caucus because various factions are planning their own budget proposals. Roll Call


ICEX 2011 Demonstrates Naval Research Projects. The projects ranged from collecting data on the environment to testing undersea communications. ICEX is held every two to three years by the Navy's Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL) based in San Diego. Researchers and submariners deploy to the frigid region to test new equipment and train crews in operating under the ice. Defense Professionals


For the Next Generation of Inuit, Hope Lies in Education. Hope is something that fuels our drive forward as parents, as leaders in our communities and as a country. Faced with daunting and complex issues, we draw on our reservoir of hope to remind us of our duty to the next generation. As national leader of Canada's Inuit, I have often reflected on hope amid the reports and statistics of broken dreams and lives that place Inuit in the unenviable lead in social crises. For the next generation of Inuit, the roots of hope must lie in education. The Globe and Mail


NDP Candidate Slams Harper's Cuts to North. Western Arctic incumbent Member of Parliament Dennis Bevington is in Yellowknife Tuesday at his campaign headquarters. Bevington said Northerns can't trust the Harper government--a 36 per cent cut from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, or CanNor, cuts to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and other Northern programs. HQ Yelllowknife


Oil Giants Contest Arctic Relief Well Requirements. Oil companies warn that exploratory drilling in Canada's Arctic waters will be stymied if the federal regulator continues to insist that they be equipped to quickly complete a relief well in the event of a blowout. In submissions to the National Energy Board's Arctic inquiry, Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co. said there should be less focus on relief wells, and more on the industry's ability to prevent blowouts and regain control of rogue wells. CTV


Arctic Fresh Water Could Affect Europe's Climate. New research suggests changes in the Arctic Ocean could affect the climate of coastal Europe. "Large regional changes could be in store if the ocean circulation changes," said Laura de Stern of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. CBC News


Ozone Layer Faces Record 40 Percent Loss Over Arctic Due to Chemicals, Cold Winter. The protective ozone layer in the Arctic that keeps out the sun's most damaging rays - ultraviolet radiation - has thinned about 40 percent this winter, a record drop, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. The Arctic's damaged stratospheric ozone layer isn't the best known "ozone hole" - that would be Antarctica's, which forms when sunlight returns in spring there each year. But the Arctic's situation is due to similar causes: ozone-munching compounds in air pollutants that are chemically triggered by a combination of extremely cold temperatures and sunlight. The losses this winter in the Arctic's fragile ozone atmospheric layer strongly exceeded the previous seasonal loss of about 30 percent, the U.N.'s World Meteorological Organization in Geneva said. Washington Post 


Legislative Actionfutureevents  


No Arctic-related legislation was formally considered yesterday. 

Future Events      



What does the National Ocean Policy mean for the Arctic region?


An interactive webinar hosted by the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy (ACCAP), at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011; 10:00-11:00 am Alaska Local Time (2:00-3:00 pm EDT)