What Happens in the Arctic Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic. Fran Ulmer

Fran Ulmer reminds people that “Antarctica has penguins.  The Arctic has people.”  Ms. Ulmer was a University of Alaska Chancellor and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska from 1994-2002.  She talks about the effects of climate change in Alaska where average seasonal temperatures have already increased by 4 degrees in summer and 7 degrees in winter.  Her talk is wonderful for anyone who forgets how very different the situation is at the Earth’s poles: Antarctica is uninhabited land surrounded by an ocean, whereas the Arctic is an ocean surrounded by 8 nations. Fran Ulmer is President Obama’s choice to represent the U.S. on the Arctic Commission, the international organization that negotiates accords governing its management.

December 9, 2013