US Arctic Research Commission
July 25, 2011

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The House is in session to consider several legislative provisions including the Interior-Environment Appropriations bill. The Senate will consider a judicial nomination. Behind the scenes, House and Senate leaders continue negotiations with the President on increasing the debt limit. 


Holocene Glacier Variability from the Tropics to the Poles, July 20-27, 2011. Glaciers respond sensitively to climate change. Recent (Holocene) glacier fluctuations are a valuable proxy for terrestrial interglacial paleoclimate conditions. A main challenge for interpreting paleoclimate from past mountain glacier extents is distinguishing local and regional patterns from global signals. Reconstructing Holocene glacier extents involves many disciplines including terrestrial and marine geology, geochronology and glaciology. Organizers hope to facilitate an inter-hemispheric comparison of glacier records including locations in the Tropics, European Alps, American Cordillera, Southern Alps of New Zealand, Himalaya and Polar Regions and to identify future research questions and directions. For additional information contact: Meredith Kelly.


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The Week Ahead: Chambers Crafting Separate Debt Deals. House Republicans and Senate Democrats are crafting individual proposals on how to deal with the debt limit as Congress enters its last full week of negotiations before the Aug. 2nd deadline. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) plans to have a proposal ready for Monday's 2 p.m. GOP conference meeting, leadership aides told The Hill this weekend. The legislative text would be posted Monday night, which could set up a vote on a yet-to-be-seen proposal by Wednesday. The Hill  


Appropriations This Week. The Interior-Environment Appropriations bill will be considered in the House. Democrats are expected to target dozens of Republican policy riders currently in the bill. The State-Foreign Operations bill will be marked up by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. Appropriators are expected to cut the spending by 18% over last year's level. Congressional Quarterly


Toxins Locked in Arctic Deep Freeze Released by Melting Ice. Environmentresearch on ice Canada sleuths have found that toxins such as PCBs that have been locked in an Arctic deep freeze are being "remobilized" as the climate warms. In a report published Sunday, they say that persistent organic pollutants, known as POPs, which were banned decades ago, are being released in the Arctic as sea ice retreats and temperatures rise. Vancouver Sun


Godfather of Polar Bear Science: Renowned Edmonton Research Ian Stirling has written a reference book and memoir that laments the threat facing the majestic creature. Edmonton scientist Ian Stirling's new book on polar bears wasn't even in bookstores this summer when a venerable American wildlife magazine posted a gushing review. "A delight to view and to read," wrote biologist Sterling Miller, who noted in his National Wildlife review that he's long benefited from similarities in their names. Describing Stirling as the "Godfather" of polar bear science, Miller couldn't say enough good things about the book and about Stirling. Edmonton Journal


Why Indigenous Peoples Need to be Heard in the Global Debate on the Arctic.inuit children Alona Yefimenko is descended from Chukchi and Even reindeer herders in Ayanka, Kamchatka, Russia. National Geographic met up with her earlier this summer in Iceland, where she participated in the Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VII), organized by the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA). More than 400 delegates gathered for ICASS VII, between them presenting some 300 papers and joining the discussions in dozens of workshops. The National Geographic recently published a video of Yefimenko explaining her role as representative of the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat of the Arctic Council, and how Arctic indigenous peoples are participating in international forums to talk about not only their issues of concern, but also their language, culture, health, and traditional knowledge. National Geographic


EPA Releases 2 Draft Air Quality Permits for Offshore Projects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released draft air quality permits necessary for exploratory drilling projects in Alaska's Arctic waters to proceed. On Friday, the agency released for public comment permits for drilling work proposed by Shell Oil Co., in the Beaufort Sea, and for Conoco Phillips Co., in the Chukchi Sea. Permits are needed for the drill rigs and fleets of supporting icebreakers, oil response vessels and supply ships in the Arctic for the 2012 drilling season, in the case of Shell, and 2013 for Conoco Phillips. Anchorage Daily News


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No Arctic legislation was formally considered yesterday.

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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