Changes in the Arctic, and More from CRS

03.20.15 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

The policy implications of changing climatic conditions in the Arctic region, and specifically the record loss of ice cover, are explored in a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service. See Changes in the Arctic, March 17, 2015.

“There are only eight nations in the world whose territory above the Arctic Circle gives them the right to claim being an Arctic nation,” said Adm. Robert Papp, Jr., the U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, at a congressional hearing last December. “The United States is one, although it has been my experience that Americans do not embrace or fully understand the concept of being an Arctic nation.”

Other new and updated CRS products that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following.

Energy Tax Incentives: Measuring Value Across Different Types of Energy Resources, March 19, 2015

Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, CRS Fact Sheet, March 19, 2015

“Holds” in the Senate, March 19, 2015

Increased Campaign Contribution Limits in the FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations Law: Frequently Asked Questions, March 17, 2015

U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective, March 17, 2015

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Background and Reauthorization, March 13, 2015

International Drug Control Policy: Background and U.S. Responses, March 16, 2015