FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 05, 2012

2012 Science & Society: Climate Change – the Arctic as an Emerging Market, Dec. 10

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 — As climate change impacts and alters the Arctic environment, many nations look to the region with renewed interest.

In recent summers, Arctic ice has been shrinking at an even greater pace than was estimated, which is creating a sense of urgency over issues such as access to shipping lanes, oil and gas exploration, impact to indigenous populations and scientific investigation. The collision of geopolitical, environmental and legal implications of a changing Arctic will be discussed at this session.

The discussion will be held Monday, December 10, 6 - 7:30 p.m., in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Auditorium at 1200 New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. A reception at 5 p.m. precedes the event. RSVP online for this free discussion event at

Moderator: Richard Harris, NPR

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Jed Hamilton, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Julienne Stroeve, Ph.D., National Snow & Ice Data Center

This event is the third in a three-part series of public forums and candid conversations with top experts discussing science, medical and technology policy topics of global concern offered at AAAS. The Global Challenges Discussion Series is sponsored by the AAAS, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Georgetown University Program on Science in the Public Interest. This fall marks the fourth year of ACS’ participation in this discussion series, which has featured such topics as:

  • Nanotechnology in the 2010s: The Teen Years
  • Coming to the Table on Food Safety: Bisphenol A and Beyond
  • Enhancing Nuclear Security
  • Acid Bath: The Impact of Increased Carbon on the Oceans

These events are archived on the ACS website at, or via the Global Challenges Discussion Series link at:

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