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Clean Arctic Alliance Response to Arctic Council Failure to achieve Climate Change Consensus

As this week’s Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting closes in Rovaniemi, Finland, the Clean Arctic Alliance expressed its dismay that the Arctic Council Ministerial Conference has been unable to achieve a consensus on issuing a joint declaration for the first time in its 23-year history, due to the United States refusal to support the need for collaborative action by the Arctic Council to address climate change.

“The US-government’s blatant disregard of the changes taking place in the Arctic – which has lost three-quarters of summer sea ice in the last four decades – only serves to underline the need for the Arctic nations to reaffirm their commitment to reducing black carbon emissions, through collaboration within the International Maritime Organization”, said Dr Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance.

“It is with some relief that we note that the Statement from the Arctic Council’s Chair confirms the support for enhanced national efforts and international cooperation to reduce black carbon emissions. All eight Arctic states – the US included, must seize the opportunity during next week’s Marine Environment Protection Committee to support measures that will reduce the impact of black carbon emissions from international shipping on the Arctic, including a requirement on ships to only use lighter, cleaner fuels while in the Arctic”, said Pam Person, Director, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative.
Source: Clean Arctic Alliance

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