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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues
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Editors: Brandon D. Swarson
Book Description:
The loss of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened concerns about the region's future. Issues such as Arctic sovereignty claims; commercial shipping through the Arctic; Arctic oil, gas, and mineral exploration; endangered Arctic species; and increased military operations in the Arctic could cause the region in coming years to become an arena of international cooperation, competition, or conflict. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country and has substantial political, economic, energy, environmental, and other interests in the region. Decisions that Congress, the executive branch, foreign governments, international organizations, and commercial firms make on Arctic-related issues could affect these interests. This book provides an overview of Arctic-related background information and issues.




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Table of Contents:
Preface

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress;pp. 1-59
(Ronald O'Rourke, Coordinator, Specialist in Naval Affairs)

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2009;pp. 61-127
(Brandon D. Swarson)

Polar Bears: Listing under the Endangered Species Act;pp. 129-149
(Eugene H. Buck, M. Lynne Corn, Kristina Alexander)

Pacific Walrus Response to Arctic Sea Ice Losses;pp. 151-156
(U.S. Geological Survey)

Possible Federal Revenue from Oil Development of ANWR and Nearby Areas;pp. 157-165
(Salvatore Lazzari, Specialist in Energy and Environmental Economics)

U.S. Arctic Research Commission Recommends Steps to Expanded U.S. Funding for Arctic/Subarctic Oil Spill Research;pp. 167-171
(U.S. Arctic Research Commission)

Retrospective Analysis of Sea Surface Temperature in the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas;pp. 173-188
(Carol Ladd, James E. Overland, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Opening Statement of Chairman Berman, Hearing on "Climate Change and the Arctic: New Frontiers of National Security";pp. 189-191

Statement of Scott G. Borgerson, Visiting Fellow for Ocean Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations, before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives;pp. 193-197

Statement of Dr. Robert W. Corell, Vice President for Programs and Policy, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment and Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, before the Committee on Foreign Relations, Hearing on "Climate Change and the Arctic: New Frontiers of National Security";pp. 199-212

Testimony of Mead Treadwell, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission and Senior Fellow, Institute of the North, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hearing on "Climate Change and the Arctic: New Frontiers of National Security";pp. 213-219

Index

   Series:
      Arctic Region and Antarctica Issues and Research
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: 7 x 10, 229 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-61728-882-1
   Status: AV
  
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