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June 4, 2013


The Senate will resume consideration of a farm and conservation bill.The House will consider the Military Construction-VA appropriations bill, which the White House has threatened to veto.  


10th International Symposium on Cold Regions Development (ISCORD 2013) (June 2-5, 2013) (Anchorage, Alaska) The International Association for Cold Regions Development Studies (IACORDS) and the Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will host a conference on "Planning for Sustainable Cold Regions." Special Keynote Sessions each day include "Bridging the Gap Between Climate Change Science and Engineering Practice"; "The Challenges of the Debris from the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake in Japan"; and "Energy in Alaska - Current and Future Projects."


los ICC Must Consent to UN Law of the Sea Treaty: ICC. Inuit and other Arctic indigenous peoples need to be more involved in the United Nations Law of the Sea negotiations. That was the message that Inupiaq academic and indigenous rights expert Dalee Sambo Dorough, also on the Inuit Circumpolar Council advisory committee on UN Issues; presented May 30 at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Under UNCLOS, nations with Arctic Ocean coastlines - like Canada, Russia, the United States, Denmark and Norway - can claim offshore territory beyond the 200-nautical-mile limit if they can prove by 2013 that underwater geology shows the seabed is actually an extension of their land base, the continental shelf. Nunatsiaq Online 


Cantor Balancing Research Priorities, Fiscal Concerns. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is calling for medical research to gain precedence over some other issues, as Congress tries to balance competing priorities with limited dollars. The Virginia Republican has been highlighting the research issue, which remains largely free of the bitter politics surrounding the health care law, along with other policies designed to move the House GOP beyond fiscal concerns. Congressional Quarterly


Finland's President Accuses Swedish Air Force of "Dozing Off." Finland's president Niinist