Upcoming U.S. Chairmanship of Arctic Council likely to shine light on need for enhanced monitoring of black carbon and methane in the Arctic.

August 8, 2014
By Sara Bowden

In the spring of 2015, the U.S. will take over the two-year chairmanship of the 8-nation Arctic Council. The State Department is currently leading a process to identify the major themes and planned deliverables during the U.S. chairmanship. Relatedly, there is currently a task force under the Arctic Council on black carbon and methane, whose mandate is to develop and propose a voluntary agreement among Arctic nations on black carbon and methane, for signature at the Arctic Council ministerial in 2015, when the chairmanship will transition from Canada to the U.S. These events will likely raise the profile of current monitoring capabilities in the Arctic, especially with regard to black carbon and methane.

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