Concern About Climate Change Drives Arctic Council Meeting

Actions taken by ministers at the meeting included an agreement on international Arctic scientific cooperation and adoption of recommendations of a report on the region’s changing state.

The Arctic Council delivered a strong declaration about the impacts of climate change during a ministerial meeting last week in Fairbanks, Alaska. The meeting marked the conclusion of 2 years of U.S. chairmanship of the influential intergovernmental forum. Finland now chairs the body.

The meeting’s Fairbanks Declaration notes the entry into force of the Paris agreement on climate change and emphasizes “the importance of global action to reduce both greenhouse gases and short-lived pollutants to mitigate climate change.” The document, which states that the Arctic is warming at more than twice the rate of the global average, recognizes climate change as “the most serious threat to Arctic biodiversity” and reiterates the importance of climate science.

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