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Icebreakers: Essential Assets for a Changing Arctic Report
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea is towed stern-first into the Port of Seattle for major engine repairs, March 2004. (AP/Elaine Thompson)

Icebreakers: Essential Assets for a Changing Arctic

Without decisive action to fund and build new heavy icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, the United States puts its environment and national security in harm’s way.

Shiva Polefka

Safeguarding the Arctic Report
A boy walks along the banks of the Newtok River in the village of Newtok, Alaska. (AP/Al Grillo)

Safeguarding the Arctic

National security, coastal communities, and the environment are at stake as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry takes the helm of the Arctic Council.

Cathleen Kelly, Miranda Peterson

Time to Update 1980s Air Quality Standards for Drilling in the Arctic Report

Time to Update 1980s Air Quality Standards for Drilling in the Arctic

New air quality regulations from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management should require that oil and gas companies seeking to drill in the Arctic limit black carbon emissions low enough to protect the climate in addition to human health.

Rebecca Lefton

Saving the Arctic Report
Melt water rushes along the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet through a supraglacial stream channel, southwest of Ilulissat, Greenland. (AP/Ian Joughin)

Saving the Arctic

The United States should lead ambitious national, regional, and global efforts on climate change and black carbon reduction to slow rapid warming in the Arctic, protect millions of lives, improve food security, and safeguard our planet for future generations when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry becomes chair of the Arctic Council in 2015.

Rebecca Lefton, Cathleen Kelly

Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True North Report
Inupiat hunter Karlin Itchoak coils the rope of a subsistence net after pulling in a beluga whale at Cape Nome near Nome, Alaska, as the sun sets on November 8, 2005. (AP/Laurent Dick)

Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True North

Secretary of State John Kerry needs to make climate change the focus of the Arctic Council and consider both immediate and longer-term goals if he wants to take decisive action upon becoming the Arctic Council chairman in 2015.

Cathleen Kelly, Michael Conathan, Vikram Singh

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