US Arctic Research Commission
August 22, 2011

Today's Eventstodaysevents 


The House and Senate are not in session.


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.

Media Reviewtodaysevents    


BergmannManitoban [Marty Bergmann] Killed in Resolute Bay Air Crash. A plane crash in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, has taken the life of a Manitoba-based public servant. Marty Bergmann, director of Natural Resources Canada's Polar Continental Shelf Program was among the victims in Saturday's crash of a First Air Boeing 737 that was attempting to land at Resolute Bay in the high Arctic. Twelve people were killed and three survived with serious injuries when the chartered aircraft went down as it was reportedly landing at Resolute Bay in fog. [USARC sends condolences. It's a tragic loss to the intl' scientific community as well as his family and colleagues, as Marty was a true champion and enabler of research.] CBC News


Arrests Continue at White House Oil Pipeline Protest. U.S. Park Police arrested another 45 environmentalists near the White House Sunday, the second day of a two-week demonstration urging President Obama to block a proposed pipeline that would greatly expand imports from Canada's oil sands projects. Police say 110 people over two days have been peacefully arrested after engaging in civil disobedience in front of the fence north of the White House. The Hill


Huntsman: GOP Can't Become 'Anti-Science' Party. Texas Gov. Rick Perry's denial of global warming poses a "serious problem" for Republicans trying to take back the White House in 2012, presidential rival Jon Huntsman says. "The minute that the Republican Party becomes the party - the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012," the former Utah governor said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week." Politico


Harper Urged to Alter Arctic Strategy: GovernmentHarper 'doing right things for wrong reasons.' The fatal plane crash in Resolute Bay Saturday could cause some changes to a scheduled trip to the North by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper's office was unable to confirm details of the trip in the wake of the crash. While the trek up north has become an annual event for Harper, senior Canadian scientists have been urging him to balance his strategy for the region. The Gazette 


Caribou Populations Back from the Brink. Two years ago scientists feared northern caribou were the new cod - once-teeming stocks of wildlife that had sustained entire cultures but were at the edge of collapse. Now, as scientists from around the world gather in Yellowknife to compare notes, biologists are beginning to see signs that the worst is past for an animal so central to the Canadian imagination it's on the back of the quarter. "Our situation overall is looking a lot brighter than it did two years ago," said Jan Adamczewski, a biologist with the government of the Northwest Territories. "Those of us concerned with management of these caribou herds are breathing just a little bit easier." CBC News


icebreakers In Race for the Arctic, U.S. is Largely Sidelined. [Blog] The really cold war? Beneath the towering icebergs, herds of walruses and packs of polar bears, the potential trade routes and vast natural resources trapped beneath the Arctic have long inspired traders, governments and explorers. There was Vitus Bering in the 18th century, who gave his name to the great frozen gateway to the Arctic when he sailed through it and proved that America and Siberia were not connected, and Adolf Nordenskiold, still a hero to Finns for making the first crossing in 1878 of the Northeastern Passage, the Atlantic to Pacific route through the Arctic Ocean that is thousands of miles shorter than the treacherous way round Africa and India. The Washington Post  


ANWR Draft in Public Comment Phase: Open house in Fairbanks Wednesday. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge released its latest draft of its Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, that outlines long-term management of the refuge. Refuge staff and planners will host an open house Wednesday in Fairbanks for public comment. The current plan is more than 20 years old. The new drafts include new scientific information and changes in laws, policies and refuge conditions that have changed since the 1988 original plan, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service press release. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner


Fatal Crash Highlights Flight Perils in Arctic. As investigators probed the wreckage of a First Air 737 jetliner that crashed just outside Resolute Bay, Nunavut, killing 12 people and seriously injuring three on Saturday, a former air traffic controller who helped guide planes in and out of the North for 30 years said narrowing down the cause of the crash may be difficult. "It's a very tough world," Yvan-Miville Des Ch