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April 6, 2012

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The House and Senate are in recess until Monday, April 16. 




Stunning animations of climate are shown in two new videos produced by Frontier Scientists entitled Modeling Climate and Designing Supercomputers. The models generated by scientific data show realities that can only be seen via a computer such as Annual Gradient Melt over Greenland 1979 through 2009 and CO2 Emissions from Fossil-fuel and Cement Production in North America, Asia, and Europe from 1751 to 2001. The video Designing Supercomputers explains the importance of 'interconnect networks' that allow efficient communication within the supercomputers to be able to run data-intensive simulations efficiently. These videos are part of a Computational Science series produced by 


India Goes to the Arctic. The Arctic exploration has become a priority program for India to strengthen the economic and political positions of the country in this region. India still doesn't have sufficient capabilities for such large-scale projects, but it is dedicated to secure a footing in the Arctic with the assistance of its partners. In a distant future we may expect the return of Indians to their historical motherland (the majority of scientists believe that three and a half thousand years ago Aryans came to India from the Arctic). Russia & India Report 


ScienceResearch is Key to Alaska's Bright Economic Future. Commentary by Scott Minerd. Winston Churchill once referred to the resource-intensive land of India as "the jewel in the crown of the British Empire." Today, I propose that Alaska -- with its vast wealth of natural resources -- is the crown jewel of America, standing ready to take its place as a primary driver of economic growth in the Arctic region. This prosperous vision for Alaska can only happen if the state fosters an environment conducive to growth, including the advancement of home-grown research and development activities. As a recent visitor to and fond admirer of the great state of Alaska, I write this column to encourage support for House Bill 118, which provides tax credits for qualified R&D projects in the state. The legislation is part of a series of initiatives proposed by Gov. Sean Parnell to help boost economic development in the state. Expanding Alaska's R&D capabilities is an important step toward increasing private-sector investment, economic diversification and entrepreneurial innovation. Alaska Dispatch 


polar bear iceFeds Interview New Witnesses in Polar Bear Probe. Federal agents interviewed new witnesses this week in an ongoing investigation of government scientists that's been called "polar bear-gate," according to the scientists' lawyer. The controversial probe, now entering its third year, is looking into allegations of scientific misconduct related to a 2006 report by wildlife researchers Charles Monnett and Jeffrey Gleason, who described seeing dead polar bears floating in Arctic waters. The apparently drowned bears raised concerns about the effect of melting ice in the Arctic, and they were mentioned in Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth. Critics say the current probe is a witch hunt being conducted because the dead polar bears became potent symbols of climate change. NPR


inuit childrenClimate Change Linked to Waterborne Diseases in Inuit Communities: A recent study may warn of more widespread threats to water quality. As global warming triggers heavier rainfall and faster snowmelt in the Arctic, Inuit communities in Canada are reporting more cases of illness attributed to pathogens that have washed into surface water and groundwater, according to a new study. The findings corroborate past research that suggests indigenous people worldwide are being disproportionately affected by climate change. This is because many of them live in regions where the effects are felt first and most strongly, and they might come into closer contact with the natural environment on a daily basis. For example, some indigenous communities lack access to treated water because they are far from urban areas. National Geographic


Arctic Sea Ice Extent Below Average in March: Data Center. You may not be able to note the changes when you look out the window and still see frozen sea ice, but Arctic sea ice has already entered the spring melt season. Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 18, says the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center, which uses satellite data to see how much of the Arctic Ocean sea ice covers. Now the sea ice has started to shrink. Nunatsiaq Online


Polar bearPolar Bear Population Healthy, May Be Growing in Northern Canada: New study suggests more bears around Hudson Bay than once believed. There are more polar bears in a key region of northern Canada than scientists predicted, new government-backed evidence released Wednesday shows. However, experienced polar bear researchers are already calling the data into question. An aerial survey of western areas of Hudson Bay showed more than 1,000 animals, or about 66 percent more than previous estimates, said Drikus Gissing, director of wildlife management for the territorial Government of Nunavut. "We have the information that suggests that the population is at best stable, and not in decline as predicted," he said. "It's a viable population." Global Post

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No Arctic legislation was formally considered yesterday.

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Arctic Science Summit Week 2012, April 20-22, 2012. The summit will provide opportunities for international coordination, collaboration, and cooperation in all areas of arctic science. Side meetings organized by stakeholders in arctic science and policy are also expected. More information here


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


USARC Commission Meeting, April 27-28, 2012. The 97th meeting of the CPClogoUSARC will be held in Montreal, Canada, in conjunction with the "From Knowledge to  


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Action" IPY meeting referred to above. The Commission will meet on April 27-28, and will meet jointly with the Canadian Polar Commission on the afternoon of the 27th, to discuss common interests in Arctic Research. Details to follow. 


Arctic Forum 2012, April 30-May 1, 2012. The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. will host the forum in conjunction with their 24th annual meeting. Both events will be in Washington, D.C. The Arctic Forum is part of the American Geophysical Union's Science Policy Conference, which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Conference will focus on the science that helps inform policymakers' decisions. Within the Science Policy Conference, the Arctic Forum will assess gaps and priority needs for arctic scientific information to inform decision makers in policy

formation for three key themes:

                - Governance and Security in the Arctic;

                - Transportation and Energy Development; and

                - Changing Arctic Ecosystems.

The Forum will examine the current state of policymaker and public understanding of the issues. An important goal will be to foster an increased capacity for dialogue and action on arctic science-policy issues.


[Postponed]American Polar Society 75th Anniversary Meeting and Symposium, "The Polar Regions in the 21st Century: Globalization, Climate Change and Geopolitics", to occur in 2013, The Explorers Club, NYC. For 75 years, the American Polar Society has both documented and communicated polar activities to the interested world. This meeting will bring together the current leaders in science, government, commerce, and diplomacy for a state-of-the-art forecast of the next seventy-five years in a world influenced more than ever before by the destiny of the Arctic and Antarctic. Click here.  


The Tenth International Conference on Permafrost, June 2012. The conference will be held in Tyumen, Russia, and is organized and hosted by Russia. The last conference was held in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 2008. Click here.  


15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, August 5-10, 2012. This event is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Society for Circumpolar Health, and the International Union for Circumpolar Health.  The forum will consider community participatory research and healthmeetinglogoindigenous research; women's health, family health, and well-being; food security and nutrition; social determinants of health; environmental and occupational health; infectious and chronic diseases; climate change health impacts; health service delivery and infrastructure; and behavioral health. Click here


The Arctic Imperative Summit, August 24-28, 2012. The summit will be hosted by Alaska Dispatch and will bring together leading voices in this conversation, including residents from the small villages that comprise Alaska's coastal communities, state, national and international leaders, the heads of shipping and industry, as well as international policymakers and the news media. The goal of the summit is to sharpen the focus on the policy and investment needs of Alaska's Arctic through a series of high level meetings, presentations, investor roundtables and original research. Click here


Arctic/Inuit/Connections: Learning from the Top of the World , October 24-28, 2012.  The 18th Inuit Studies Conference, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, will be held in Washington, DC. The conference will consider heritage inuitconferencelogomuseums and the North; globalization: an Arctic story; power, governance and politics in the North; the '"new" Arctic: social, cultural and climate change; and Inuit education, health, language, and literature. For more information, click here. 



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