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Former State official Pomerance calls on White House to prioritize climate during Arctic Council chairmanship

Next spring, the United States will assume chairmanship of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental panel of eight nations bordering the Arctic. How is the U.S.'s chairmanship significant to the agenda established by the council? During today's OnPoint, Rafe Pomerance, former deputy assistant secretary of State for environment and development and a member of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, urges the State Department to prioritize climate action in its Arctic agenda. He also discusses his expectations for how the priorities of the U.S.'s chairmanship will differ from those of the current Canadian chairmanship.