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The Week of the Arctic gets under way today here on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Dozens of Arctic science- and policy-related events will be held throughout the week, culminating in Thursday’s Arctic Council ministerial meetings, when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will hand over the council chairmanship to his counterpart from Finland.


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Fairbanks and Anchorage will both get a big economic boost in May during a series of events to be held in conjunction with a major meeting of top diplomats from the eight Arctic Council member nations. The Week of the Arctic will also enable the peoples of those nations to share their cultures.

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A contingent of senior Arctic Council officials wrapped-up a three-day meeting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Thursday. And this morning, the U.S. chairman of the group reported on their deliberations, much of which dealt with the impact of climate change on the Arctic and how to adapt to it.


UAF/Todd Paris

Experts from the United States and other Arctic nations have developed the first safety guidelines for operating unmanned drone aircraft in international airspace around the circumpolar north.


“The Arctic is the leading edge of climate change; our leading indicator of what the entire planet faces,” President Obama told foreign ministers from around the world meeting last summer in Anchorage that he came to Alaska to draw attention to climate change and how it’s affecting the Arctic.


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President Obama announced his upcoming visit to Alaska in a video that includes scenes of destruction from storm surges, flooding and wildfires.


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