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August 18, 2011

Today's Eventstodaysevents 

 

The House and Senate are not in session.


Media Reviewtodaysevents    

 

Polar Ice Caps Can Recover from Warmer Climate-Induced Melting, Study Shows. A growing body of recent research indicates that, in Earth's warming climate, there is no "tipping point," or threshold warm temperature, beyond which polar sea ice cannot recover if temperatures come back down. New University of Washington research indicates that even if the earth warmed enough to melt all polar sea ice, the ice could recover if the planet cooled again. Science Daily

 

inuit childrenInuit Knowledge Critical to Arctic Science. A video interview with Martin Lougheed of the Inuit Quajisarvingat Knowledge Center, Ottawa, Canada, makes the case for blending Inuit traditional knowledge with Western science to help understand and find solutions to sweeping changes in the Arctic. National Geographic

 

Scientists Want Balanced Arctic Strategy: As cities and communities feel impact of warmer temperatures, Canada flaginfrastructure costs continue to rise. On the eve of what has become an annual end-of-summer trek up North for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, senior Canadian scientists are urging him to balance his strategy for the region. While many believe Harper's government is doing some of the right things to support development in the North, which is rapidly undergoing a transformation because of global warming, they say a lot of it is for the wrong reasons. Canada.com 

 

bowheadNunavut Rejoices Over Iqaluit Bowhead Catch. For the first time in a century, Iqaluit hunters have nabbed a bowhead whale measuring 14 meters and weighing more than 70 tonnes. News of the successful Monday hunt spread quickly around the city - from honking horns on Iqaluit's streets to sending messages on social media. Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Cathy Towntongie said she had "goosebumps" when she heard the news. The Vancouver Sun

 

Healy to be Featured in NatGeo. On Aug. 15, two videographers from National Geographic, a photographer, and a journalist from the University of New Hampshire Alumni Magazine, conducted an interview with Dr. Larry Mayer, a professor from UNH. Dr. Larry Mayer is the chief scientist serving on the Coast Guard Cutter Healy's Arctic West Summer 2011 Mission and extended continental shelf mapping with the Canadian coast guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent. Military.com

 

Scientists Urge Harper to Balance Arctic Strategy. On the eve of what has become an annual end-of-summer trek up North for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, senior Canadian scientists are urging him to balance his strategy for the region. While many believe Harper's government is doing some of the right things to support development in the North, rapidly undergoing a transformation because of global warming, they say a lot of it is for the wrong reasons. "It's a matter of leadership," said Louis Fortier, the scientific director of ArcticNet, an academic network hosted at Universite Laval in Quebec City. The Vancouver Sun

 

Amid Melting Ice, Navy Assesses Strategic Demands in Arctic. The Navy has completed its latest assessment of the Arctic region, where melting ice is raising strategic questions as well as commercial opportunities. "In the past, the Arctic was largely inaccessible, but increased seasonal melting of the sea ice is opening the region and creating opportunities for oil and gas exploration, maritime shipping, commercial fishing and tourism," Rear Adm. David Titley, director of the Navy's task force for climate change, said in a statement Tuesday. "We are confronted by a new ocean for the first time in 500 years." Stars and Stripes   


The Arctic: Through Icy Waters. A team of Canadian archaeologists and oceanographers will mount a fresh search next week to solve a great mystery of the British empire: what fate befell the 19th-century expedition led by Sir John Franklin in search of the North-West Passage? When Sir John and his 134-man crew set sail from Greenhithe, England, in 1845, hopes were high that they would open a new trade route between Europe and Asia, returning with a cornucopia of zoological, botanical and geological discoveries. Their instructions were to sail home across the Pacific Ocean. Yet the promise of the Franklin expedition is now being fulfilled in a dramatic way. Global warming is rapidly expanding access to the North-West Passage as well as to other parts of the Arctic region, not only opening trade routes but providing access to a treasure trove of natural resources. Financial Times

Legislative Actionfutureevents  

 

No Arctic legislation was formally considered yesterday.

 


Future Events                     

      

13th Arctic Ungulates Conference (AUC), August 22-26, 2011. The theme of the conference will be "Challenges of Managing Northern Ungulates." The theme addresses the difficulties of managing ungulate populations that are faced with the unpredictable effects of climate change and an ever-increasing human presence on the land. The conference will also focus on the challenges associated with developing recovery actions for declining caribou and reindeer populations that are an integral part of Aboriginal cultures and ways of life.

 

9th International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering, September 3-7, 2011. The Melnikov Permafrost Institute (Yakutsk, Russia), the Institute of Northern Mining (Yakutsk, Russia), the Cold and Arid Regions Engineering and Environmental Research Institute (Lanzhou, China), and the Heilongjiang Institute of Cold Region Engineering (Harbin, China) will host the Ninth International Symposium on Permafrost Engineering to be held in Mirny, Yakutia. The aim of the Symposium is to provide a forum for discussion of permafrost engineering issues, as well as for exchanging practical experience in construction and maintenance of engineering structures on frozen ground. For additional information, please contact Lilia Prokopieva. 

 

Northern Research Forum 6th Open Assembly, September 4-6, 2011. "Our Ice Dependent World," organized by the Northern Research Forum and its partners as the Northern Research Forum 6th Open Assembly, will be hosted by the University of Akureyri in the town of Hverager