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(Neven Acropolis with Kevin McKinney and Joe Romm provide an excellent post on this topic in Climate Progress. This post is a brief summary of the associated risks highlighted in their post).
Since the earliest humans were walking the earth, the Arctic sea-ice existed in a fairly stable pattern of freezing and melting. Over the last several decades, those melting and freezing patterns have rapidly shifted. This week, the extent of sea-ice melt reached an all time record minimum, and there is still a month of continued melting ahead. Several studies suggest that the Arctic could be seasonally sea-ice free by 2040, for the first time in human history. (more…)
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a critical hearing yesterday on the benefits of U.S. accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Secretary or State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey all delivered testimonies strongly supporting ratification of the treaty by the U.S. Senate. You can find a video of their testimonies, as well as prepared comments, here. You can also find a good UNCLOS 101 by Will Rogers, as well as a full report on the treaty, at the CNAS website. (more…)