This week, a panel discussed the state of North America’s environment based on the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) North American regional report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report is one of six regional reports that form a comprehensive overview of environmental health based on input from 1,203 scientists, 160 governments, hundreds of scientific institutions, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders.
At a hearing in front of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, the discussion centered not only the need to build more submarines but on the technological advances that will be required.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing on the Coast Guard’s implementation capabilities in the Arctic to outline the state of play in the region.
The Senate voted 90 to 7 in favor of moving the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943) to conference committee, where senators will meet with representatives to create one bill from this and the previously-passed House version, H.R. 4909.
Rules will require extensive contingency plans in event of oil spill.
The Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine current and future U.S. weather satellite systems, as well as the partnerships that facilitate accurate and timely forecasting.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday visited Norway’s extreme north, viewing areas where climate change has melted ice and opened new sea lanes.
Following eight public hearings and one closed hearing, the Senate Appropriations committee approved the bipartisan Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017, S.3000, after the Subcommittee on Defense completed its markup earlier in the week.
Every five years, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) must generate a complete plan for upcoming leases on the OCS. In the current proposed plan, 13 leases would be offered, all in the Gulf of Mexico, down from 15 in the previous five-year plan.
President Obama and the leaders of the five Nordic nations declared on Friday that they have common interests in protecting the rapidly changing Arctic.