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 January 23, 2013

Today's Eventstodaysevents 


The House considers a bill that would provide a four-month suspension of the nation's debt limit and would condition a long-term increase on adoption of a budget in each chamber of Congress. The Senate continues negotiations on changes to filibuster rules.


Arctic Frontiers, January 20-25, 2013. (Tromso, Norway). Arctic Frontiers is organized as an independent network and a leading meeting place for pan-arctic issues. The network was established in 2006 and later extended. Arctic Frontiers will host the conference to consider three main scientific topics. Geopolitics in a Changing Arctic; Marine Harvesting in the Arctic; and Arctic Marine Productivity. 


Alaska Marine Science Symposium, January 21-25, 2013, Anchorage. Since 2002, scientists from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond have come to the Symposium to communicate research activities in the marine regions off Alaska. Researchers and students in marine science re-connect with old colleagues and meet new ones. Plenary and poster sessions feature a broad spectrum of ocean science. Hear the latest in the fields of climate, oceanography, lower trophic levels, the benthos, fishes and invertebrates, seabirds, marine mammals, local and traditional knowledge, and socioeconomic research. The Symposium also features compelling keynote speakers, workshops and special sessions.



russian flag Bill on Russian Arctic Drafted. According to the proposed bill, the Ministry of Regional Development will become an authorized federal body to be in charge of the Russia's Arctic. The document suggests the National Strategy for Arctic Development should be the basis for social and economic development of the Russia's Arctic. This Strategy document is to be updated each 8 years. The bill says state environmental expertise should become obligatory for commercial activities in the Arctic zone. Any activity in the Arctic should be regarded as environmentally hazardous unless proven otherwise. Barents Nova  


Gov. Parnell Asks Salazar to Include Alaskans on Shell Arctic Review. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has requested that Alaska be included in a high-level review panel which will look at Shell's Arctic drilling operation last summer. The Interior Department says it has called the panel to "identify challenges and lessons learned" after the troubled season Royal Dutch Shell had last summer in its efforts to drill exploratory wells in Alaska's offshore Arctic. The project was struck with a series of mishaps, and the trouble culminated in the storm-caused grounding of the drill rig Kulluk on a beach off of Kodiak Island. Alaska Dispatch


Arctic Frontiers Conference Gathers the Best and Brightest of the North. I'm currently in Troms