I am the Washington correspondent for ArcticToday, covering science, health, security and more in the circumpolar region. Here are a few of my recent stories.
Alaska aims to steer its own course on climate change
Dependent on oil production, yet already feeling the effects of a changing climate, the only Arctic state isn’t waiting for federal action on climate.
Alaska must transition away from fossil fuels, invest more in renewables, and cut back on carbon emissions, according to a draft policy release by the state government last month.
The policy is part of an effort by Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican who was elected as an independent, and it puts Alaska — a solidly red state with an outsized dependence on fossil fuel development — in some unlikely company, including populous and political liberal states such as New York and California. Read more at ArcticToday.
In Alaska, the National Weather Service must change as rapidly as the climate
A changing climate and more interest in economic activity are “testing our ability to provide meaningful, actionable information,” the weather service said.
Against a backdrop of shifting Arctic security, Iceland seeks a US trade deal
After seeing its U.S. military presence depart in the post-Cold War era, Iceland is again becoming a strategic location. Will that be enough to help it secure a trade deal with the U.S.?
The United States and Iceland have a long history of bilateral agreements.
In 1951, the United States agreed to provide military protection for Iceland in exchange for using the strategically placed island as a Cold War outpost. Read more at ArcticToday.
Outgoing commandant says Arctic has become a top priority for US Coast Guard
As he prepares to retire, Adm. Paul Zukunft says the Arctic has grown in importance during his four-year tenure leading the Coast Guard.
When he talks about his accomplishments and regrets during four years as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Paul Zukunft downplays the idea of a legacy.
“I do not believe in legacies,” he said Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, preferring his successors continue momentum forward, rather than looking back. Read more at ArcticToday.
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