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US dissent ends 23 years of Arctic global warming joint declarations


The decision of the United States to abandon the United Nations campaign against the alleged global warming, has now manifested itself in declining to sign a joint declaration by the Arctic Council, reports Shipping Gazette.
At the recent Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland, the Clean Arctic Alliance expressed its dismay that the Arctic Council Ministerial Conference has been unable to achieve a consensus for the first time in its 23-year history.
"The US Government's blatant disregard of the changes taking place in the Arctic - which has lost three-quarters of summer sea ice in the last four decades - only serves to underline the need for the Arctic nations to reaffirm their commitment to reducing black carbon emissions, through collaboration within the International Maritime Organisation." said Clean Arctic Alliance lead advisor Sian Prior.
"All eight Arctic states - the US included, must seize the opportunity during next week's Marine Environment Protection Committee to support measures that will reduce the impact of black carbon emissions from international shipping on the Arctic, including a requirement on ships to only use lighter, cleaner fuels while in the Arctic," said Pam Person, director, International Cryosphere Climate Initiative.

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