US Joins Arctic Council In Calling For Action To Curb Climate Change

President Donald Trump will not rush his review of USA climate change policy and will do what is best for the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday.

Still, Mr Tillerson's signing of the document surprised a source close to the State Department.

President Trump promised in his election campaign to withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord, which commits nearly 200 nations to reducing emissions that lead to climate change. After pledging to "cancel" the agreement during his campaign, Trump has now softened his tone, noting that he had an open mind about the global agreement to limit the effects of climate change.

His administration has aggressively begun trying to dismantle numerous climate policies created under the Obama administration, including federal rules to phase out coal-fired power plants, increase restrictions on vehicle emissions and limit methane leaks from natural gas production.

Mr Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, told the meeting that the administration was reviewing how it would approach climate change. "We all were because it's a big step", Mr Samuelsen said. Although the logic of the statement insists that human activity is causing climate change, the word "human" is not actually present. The White House has postponed meetings on climate change twice in recent months, and Tillerson gave no hint this week about whether the United States would continue to abide by the terms of the accord.

"Although the Arctic is no more a terra incognita, the region still remains one of the least explored ones", the Russian top diplomat went on to say.

All eight Arctic State Minister-level Representatives are set to review and authorize work achieved under the two-year U.S. Chairmanship, that aims to boost sustainable development and environmental protection in the polar region.

"We are here to say something about ourselves", Gilbert said, reminding his audience that his people have lived within the state that is now called Alaska for thousands of years.

ICC Chair, Okalik Eegeesiak said yesterday at the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks, "Last year the Arctic Council celebrated twenty years - this year the Inuit Circumpolar Council celebrates 40 years". And I have sent you no invoices.

Top diplomats from the US, Russia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will meet in Fairbanks in the far-northern US state of Alaska as the US hands over the group's rotating presidency to Finland. Created in 1996, the council largely focuses on global cooperation, environmental protection research and helping local communities in the region develop sustainable economies.

The Arctic Council has existed since 1996 but only since 2011 has the US sent a secretary of state to its deliberations, in recognition of the region's growing strategic importance.

The prospect of almostice-free summers in the future means the region will become more accessible and navigable, raising concerns both about growing geopolitical competition and potential harm to sensitive ecosystems. Today, I told the Secretary that Alaska can play a crucial role in offsetting the United States trade deficit if any barriers are removed to market our natural resources-like seafood, timber and natural gas.

Finland has made it clear that the climate will remain at the heart of the body's deliberations when it takes over the gavel later Thursday - but Washington's position is in limbo.

Summer sea ice regularly shrinks to record lows, coastlines are eroding and wildfires are getting worse. The document, which calls for action to blunt the thawing of the Arctic, was dubbed the Fairbanks Declaration.

Previous meetings have drawn attention to the damage that has already been done to the Arctic ecosystem by climate change and the dangers that accelerated warming would pose worldwide.

The acceptance of the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases (such as methane and carbon dioxide) and pollutants (like black carbon and aerosols) appears significant.

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