"Arctic Council Prioritizes Sustainable Development, Climate Action"

"KIRUNA, Sweden -- Ministers from the eight Arctic states and representatives of the Arctic Indigenous Peoples Wednesday adopted a shared vision statement for the future development of the region as a 'zone of peace and stability.'"

"'The economic potential of the Arctic is enormous and its sustainable development is key to the region’s resilience and prosperity,' states the 'Vision for the Arctic.'

'We are concerned with the growing effects of climate change, and the local and global impacts of large-scale melting of the Arctic snow, ice and permafrost. We will continue to take action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants, and support action that enables adaptation,' says the vision statement."

Environment News Service had the story May 16, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Regional Council Takes First Steps To Reflect Global Interests" (ClimateWire)

Editorial: "As North Pole Melts, U.S. Arctic Policy Needs to Heat Up" (Bloomberg)

Source: ENS, 05/17/2013