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U.S. takes helm of Arctic Council, aims to focus of climate change
U.S. takes helm of Arctic Council, aims to focus of climate change

Secretary of State John F. Kerry took the helm of the Arctic Council on Friday on behalf of the United States, vowing to protect the delicate northern environment newly exposed by melting polar ice to the developed world's quest for energy and a swifter trade route from Europe to Asia. Kerry promised to make the battle against climate change the first priority of the two-year U.S. stewardship of the council, which unites eight countries whose shores rim the Arctic Circle and who lay claim to shares of its oil, gas and shipping lanes. Preventing catastrophic weather events and rising sea levels "is not a future challenge; this is happening right now," Kerry told the...

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