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In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic

President Barack Obama brought no grand policy pronouncements, new legislative proposals or major tranches of federal aid with him to Alaska. Instead, he sought to use the power of his own celebrity to command attention to the issue of climate change.

On Arctic voyage, Obama banks on power of his celebrity

Obama closed out his Alaska tour with a trip Wednesday to the tiny town of Kotzebue on Wednesday that made him the first sitting president to set foot in the Alaska Arctic.

Obama gets an Eskimo kiss — and asks for another

KOTZEBUE, Alaska -- When you're the first sitting U.S. president to the Arctic, you get to do what you want, which might explain why Barack Obama exchanged Eskimo kisses Wednesday night with members of the welcoming committee. President Obama’s meet-and-greet with local educators in Kotzebue Middle High School started normally enough. But then Sandy Shroyer-Beaver, the […]

Obama Becomes First Sitting President to Visit Arctic, Use Selfie Stick

President Obama concluded his three-day, "dad on vacation"-themed trip to Alaska on Wednesday by giving a speech on climate change in the remote town of Kotzebue and chronicling his adventures with a selfie stick. It's unclear why Obama didn't ask one of the dozen or so people in his entourage... More »

Icebreakers sought to aid Arctic shipping

Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Arctic Circle, highlighted what he said were the particularly devastating effects climate change is having on Alaska. The White House has said Obama will announce new policies this week to help Arctic communities adapt to climate change. This is resulting in rapidly melting glaciers, warmer and

MDA Shrugs and Lowers Goal to 39 BMD Ships | New Russian Hardware Seen Over Syria | Canadians Cut Steel on New Arctic Patrol Ships

Americas The Missile Defense Agency is lessening its ambitions for the number of ships that will be equipped with ballistic missile defense to 39 from 48. Between the Navy buying fewer, more expensive ships and opting not to staff ships in drydock with BMD-qualified crews, the number 39 seemed more realistic, if further away from […]

Obama tells Arctic Alaskans: I’m trying to warn everyone about climate change — ‘you’re already living it’

8 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

President Barack Obama got a taste of the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, dropping in to two remote fly-in native villages in a journey the White House hopes will show how climate change is affecting Americans. Crossing the Arctic Circle, Air Force One flew over Kivalina, pop. 400, a whaling village on a...

Obama Travels Above Arctic Circle in Final Stop of Alaska Trip

President Obama ventured above the Arctic Circle on Wednesday, traveling to this rugged town of 3,200 people to tout his administration’s efforts to aid struggling Alaska communities and to ask the state to work with him to take aggressive action to curb climate change.

President Connects Changing Arctic to Global Climate Challenge — WWF

“We know that human activity is changing the climate“, Obama said in Anchorage, Alaska. Obama’s also getting it from the other side, as oil and gas boosters have said they’d like Obama to open up even more drilling and exploration off the coasts. Obama will hike to Exit Glacier and tour Kenai Fjords National Park

Obama's Arctic adventure ends with sinking village, fish spawn

9 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

By Roberta Rampton KOTZEBUE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama got a taste of the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, dropping in to two remote fly-in native villages in a journey the White House hopes will show how climate change is affecting Americans. Show More Summary

South Korea Looks to Arctic Region for Energy Sources - Ambassador

South Korea has expressed interest in the Arctic region's natural resources that might supply the country with energy, according to Republic of Korea’s Ambassador for Arctic Affairs Chan-Woo Kim.

Political Memo: Obama Takes Climate Message to Alaska, Where Change Is Rapid

On the third day of his visit to Alaska, President Obama delivered promises of new aid for Arctic communities whose shorelines and infrastructure are crumbling because of rising temperatures.

Snorkeling in the Arctic! Unwashed in Chad! These 15 global adventures may put your vacation to shame

When summer is done, apparently, a true adventurer's thoughts turn to Arctic snorkeling, Asaro Mudmen and roadless Patagonia. That's the case, at least, among the people who put together trips for three of the leading adventure tour companies in the U.S. and the U.K. Sifting through their new itineraries,...

Obama Promises to Build New US Icebreaker to Maintain Arctic Presence

A new US Coast Guard icebreaker will be constructed to boost America’s force projection capabilities in the strategic Arctic Ocean region, the US leader announced.

Obama visit to Arctic spotlights tough life in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama was shining a spotlight Wednesday on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions...Show More Summary

South Korea to Contribute to Arctic Research - Ambassador

South Korea is willing to contribute to solving Arctic-related issues by conducting small research projects, Korea’s Ambassador for Arctic Affairs Chan-Woo Kim told Sputnik.

Stephen Stromberg and the Logic of Barring Oil Drilling in the Arctic

Washington Post editorial writer Stephen Stromberg told Post readers that President Obama is not a climate hypocrite for talking about climate change even as he opens areas in the Arctic for drilling. Stromberg was responding to environmental...Show More Summary

Fox News Tells Obama To Go Be A Weather Girl If He’s So Worried About Climate

20 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Wonkette

Why does anyone care about permafrost? You can always get a touch-up at the salon. Barack Obama may be visiting the Arctic this week to call attention to climate change — even though self-appointed Alaska spokestwit Bristol Palin told...Show More Summary

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