As new leader of the Arctic Council, the US will focus on the region's Big Thaw

April 23, 2015 11:04 PM

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As new leader of the Arctic Council, the US will focus on the region's Big Thaw

That will be a key message over the next two years when the United States holds the rotating chair of the Arctic Council, a group that fosters cooperation between the eight countries sharing the Arctic region.

Climate change is transforming the Arctic faster than any other part of the planet, with rapidly rising temperatures, thawing permafrost, melting polar ice and changing ecosystems. It’s causing grave hardships for the people who live there and even causing some communities to literally fall into the...

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