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June 17, 2013


Both the House and the Senate will resume session today. The House will discuss Natural Resources legislation while the Senate will continue to discuss immigration reform.


"How low can you go?" Predicting this year's Arctic sea ice minimum. Estimates of the amount of sea ice that will cover the Arctic Ocean in September (when the melting peaks) have been provided by 23 contributors in the ARCUS "Sea Ice Outlook." The median value of these June outlooks, based on three different approaches - climate models, observational statistics, and heuristic methods (i.e., educated guess) - comes to 4.1 million square kilometers, which is lower than all previous estimates.  For comparison, the average coverage between the years 1979 and 2007 was about 6.5 million square kilometers. ARCUS September Sea Ice Outlook


Exxon to fund Arctic research in Russia. "Exxon Mobil Corp. will invest $200 million in a research center in Russia that will support its Arctic exploration there, the company said late Tuesday. The Irving-based oil giant said it would invest in a joint Arctic Research and Design Center for Continental Shelf Development that it would establish with Rosneft, its partner for exploration of more than 180 million acres in the country's Arctic region." FuelFix 


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