12 May '11, 11am

Green: Clinton Takes Seat at Arctic Council

Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A boat skims through melting ice on a fjord on the western coast of Greenland. Officials of the eight Arctic nations are taking their first concrete step to cooperate in an ecologically fragile region where climate change is driving economic competition. Members of the Arctic Council — the United States, Russia, Canada, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden — plan to sign an agreement on Thursday to coordinate search-and-rescue operations across 13 million square miles of ocean that are becoming more navigable as Arctic sea ice decreases. In a sign of the council’s new prominence in American foreign policy, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first secretary of state to attend one of its biannual meetings. The agreement will be the first legally binding accord negotiated and signed by the council’s members. Officials said they hoped it ...

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