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November 27, 2012

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The Senate resumes consideration of a motion to proceed to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill. The House votes on five bills.

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ANWRMaple Syrup, Moose, and the Impacts of Climate Change in the North. In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources. And, according to a new BioScience paper just released by twenty-one scientists, without long-term studies at the local scale -- we will be ill-prepared to predict and manage these effects. Science Daily

 

sea bird/plasticArctic Trash Doubled in Past Decade: Study. Debris like plastic bags and other waste are continuing to pile up on the Arctic Ocean's seabed, with the amount doubling in the past ten years, according to a new study. Marine biologist and deep sea expert Melanie Bergmann, in a study published Monday in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, examined 2,100 photographs of the Arctic seafloor at a depth of around 8,200 feet in the Fram Strait, which is located between Greenland and the Svalbard Islands. The trash, Bergmann said, is impacting local sea life, with almost 70 percent of plastic litter coming "into some kind of contact with deep-sea organisms." The Epoch Times

 

Arctic Yearbook 2012 is now available online. This year's AY is themed "Arctic Strategies and Policies" and provides expert commentaries and academic papers dealing with issues on: National and foreign policies in the Arctic; Arctic shipping (Northwest Passage, Northern Sea Route, Transpolar Route); Non-Arctic states and the circumpolar north (China, Japan, Singapore, UK, France, Poland, Scotland); Indigenous political engagement; Arctic change and the environment; and, Governance in the circumpolar north, 25 years after Mikha