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April 23, 2012

 

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The Senate will resume consideration of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. The House will hold a pro forma session, and no votes are expected. 

  

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


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antifreeze fishScientists Call for No-fish Zone in Arctic Waters. Thousands of scientists from 67 countries have called for an international agreement to close the Arctic high seas to commercial fishing until research reveals more about the freshly exposed waters. Recent Arctic sea ice retreat during the summer months have opened up some of the waters that fall outside of the exclusive economic zones of the nations that circle the polar ocean. In all, more than 2.8 million square kilometres make up these international waters, which some scientists say could be ice free during summer months within 10 to 15 years. Although industrial fishing hasn't yet occurred in the northernmost part of the Arctic, the lack of regulation may make it an appealing target for international commercial fishing vessels. Nature

 

Arctic Ocean Could be Source of Greenhouse Gas: Study. The Arctic Ocean could be a significant contributor of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, scientists reported on Sunday. Researchers carried out five flights in 2009 and 2010 to measure atmospheric methane in latitudes as high as 82 degrees north. They found concentrations of the gas close to the ocean surface, especially in areas where sea ice had cracked or broken up. Fox News 

  

ChinaflagSuccessful Visit by Chinese Head of State in Iceland. Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Wen Jiabao was on an official visit in Iceland last weekend, described as successful by Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs