Changes in the Arctic [electronic resource] : Background and Issues for Congress.

Library of Congress. Foreign Affairs Division.
[S.l] : [s.n.], 2012.
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This report is one in a series of updates. For the most recent coverage of this report series, please see 12-R4-1153c in the 2012 issue.
Provides background on Arctic area and relations between the Arctic countries, comprised of the U.S., Canada, Russia, Norway, Denmark-by virtue of Greenland, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland. Covers definitions of the Arctic, U.S. Arctic research, Bush Administration Jan. 2009 Presidential Arctic Policy Directive, May 2010 Obama Administration national security strategy, and establishment of UN Convention on Law of the Sea and its impact on Arctic area. Addresses current and potential policy issues, including climate change and loss of Arctic sea ice; territorial claims and sovereignty; commercial sea transportation; oil, gas, and mineral exploration; oil pollution and response; fisheries; protected species; indigenous populations living in the Arctic; polar icebreaking; search and rescue; geopolitical environment; and U.S. military forces and operations. Includes appendices providing full texts of Title I of P.L. 98-373, the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984; P.L. 101-609 of 1990, the Amending Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984; and Jan. 2009 Presidential Arctic Policy Directive.
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