7 Feb, 2019
Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress [Updated February 7, 2019]
Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
O'Rourke, Ronald; Comay, Laura B.; Folger, Peter (Peter Franklin); Frittelli, John; Humphries, Marc; Leggett, Jane A.; Ramseur, Jonathan L.; Sheikh, Pervaze A.; Upton, Harold F. (Harold Frank)
The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region's future. Issues such as Arctic territorial disputes; commercial shipping through the Arctic; Arctic oil, gas, and mineral exploration; endangered Arctic species; and increased military operations in the Arctic could cause the region in coming years to become an arena of international cooperation or competition. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country and has substantial political, economic, energy, environmental, and other interests in the region. Decisions that Congress makes on Arctic-related issues could significantly affect these interests. This report provides an overview of Arctic-related issues for Congress, and refers readers to more in-depth CRS reports on specific Arctic-related issues.
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  • Authors
    O'Rourke, Ronald
    Comay, Laura B.
    Folger, Peter (Peter Franklin)
    Frittelli, John
    Humphries, Marc
    Leggett, Jane A.
    Ramseur, Jonathan L.
    Sheikh, Pervaze A.
    Upton, Harold F. (Harold Frank)
  • Publisher
    Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
  • Report Number
    CRS Report for Congress, R41153
  • Date
    7 Feb, 2019
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Congressional Research Service: crsreports.congress.gov/
  • Format
  • Media Type
  • Subjects
    Environmental policy
  • Resource Group
    Reports (CRS)
  • Series
    CRS Report for Congress, R41153

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