Chill in the air as Arctic nations meet

The giant jawbones of bullwhale guard the entrance to the original Inuit village of Iqaluit northeastern Canada, on April 24, 2015Arctic nations warned Friday of the dangers facing the environment and the peoples of the remote region, as it now also becomes a new flashpoint in global tensions with Russia. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as everywhere else on the globe and US officials last month said the Arctic sea ice had reached its lowest winter point since satellite observations began in the late 1970s. “One of the biggest challenges everybody has talked about today is climate change. The numbers are alarming — and that’s putting it mildly,” US Secretary of State John Kerry told ministers as the United States took over from Canada as the chairman of the Arctic Council.

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