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January 27, 2014


capital Today's Congressional Action:   

The House and Senate are expected to consider non-Arctic legislation today.




capital Farm Bill to be Unveiled Monday Afternoon. The long-delayed farm bill is set for release Monday afternoon, and Agriculture Committee negotiators are increasingly confident the $1 trillion bipartisan measure can pass the House on Wednesday. Talks on the farm bill's final issues were continuing Monday morning but the major pillars of the five-year food stamp, farm subsidy and crop insurance measure are in place.  [Issues such as salmon, and land conservation may be considered in the bill.] The Hill


New Hunting Quota for Hudson Bay Polar Bears Under Consideration. Drikus Gissing, the head of wildlife management for the Canadian eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, says the polar bear stock there is in good health. Gissing says the population has been stable for close to 30 years -- about as long as the territory has had a managed hunt. "I think we have a very good management system and we hope it's a model for any other jurisdiction harvesting polar bears," Gissing says. Alaska Dispatch


caribou Consultations Underway on Dwindling Baffin Island Caribou. Community consultations about low caribou numbers have been underway this week in the Baffin region of Canada's eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut. The Nunavut government and Inuit organizations are hearing from people affected by the scarcity of caribou on Baffin Island. In 2012, an aerial survey of southern Baffin Island confirmed the drastic decline in numbers. Alaska Dispatch


Is the Arctic in Climate Change Denial? [Opinion] Changes to the sea ice and temperature are altering life rapidly and visibly for people in the high north. So I was intrigued by a side event here at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Troms