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

Library of Congress. Foreign Affairs Division.
[S.l] : [publisher not identified], 2015.
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Environmental law.
Arctic regions.
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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, and major U.S. policy documents relating to the Arctic. Discusses appointment of the first U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, U.S. Chairmanship of Arctic Council in 2015-2017, establishment of UN Convention on Law of the Sea and its impact on Arctic area, and formation of a Senate Arctic Caucus. Addresses issues for Congress regarding 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; U.S. military forces and operations; and potential oversight questions. Lists CRS reports on specific arctic-related issues. 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; Jan. 2009 Presidential Arctic Policy Directive; and May 2013 National Strategy for Arctic Region.
This report is one in a series of updates. For the most recent coverage of this report series, please see 15-R4-1153k in the 2015 issue.
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