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Russian Federation to create conditions for indigenous peoples' participation in Arctic Council

Russian Federation to create conditions for indigenous peoples' participation in Arctic Council

Tillerson made the remarks on Thursday while speaking at a meeting of Arctic nations in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the top U.S. diplomat signed an agreement recognizing the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, but said Trump would decide whether to leave or weaken the pact.

Today US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Fairbanks, Alaska to attend the Arctic Council's tenth ministerial meeting.

Temperatures have been rising faster in the Arctic than elsewhere, revealing the acute threat to the region and leading to fears about a wider knock-on effect around the globe.

Some climate scientists here in Alaska say they are pleasantly surprised by the relatively tough language on climate change adopted by all eight Arctic Council nations including the United States.

The United States - an Arctic country because of the state of Alaska - is joined on the council by Canada, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

"Climate change has been an ongoing topic of interest for the Arctic Council for many chairmanships going back in time, and I foresee that it will continue to be one of the things the Arctic Council focuses on over the next few chairmanships", Balton said.

"The Arctic is warming at more than twice the rate of the global average, note with concern that the pace and scale of continuing Arctic warming will depend on future emissions of greenhouse gases and short-lived climate pollutants", according to the declaration.

Whether the USA stays in the Paris agreement or signs on to declarations against heavy fuel oil use, what the country actually does in terms of permitting, enforcement, and policy will be more important to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating against climate change.

"We came here to Fairbanks believing that the declaration language was agreed", Rene Soderman, the senior Arctic official for Finland, said, noting that the USA objected to some language, but that the overall council prevailed in its efforts.

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Sources told CNN that Trump is increasingly unsure how withdrawing from the Paris climate accord would affect the United States, both legally and in its dealings with foreign leaders - several whom are actively lobbying the administration to stay in the deal.

Russian Federation and the United States are at loggerheads over the wars in Syria and Ukraine and over Russia's alleged attempts to covertly back Trump's victory in the USA presidential race. "We'd heard ... that there would likely be a significant USA effort to redline or even remove entirely the Paris and climate language", said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the talks.

" In order to promote health and well-being in the Arctic we must balance environmental protection with economic stability,"said Canada's Bill Erasmus, global chair for the Arctic Athabaskan Council, which has members in Canada and Alaska".

The Arctic agreement Mr Tillerson signed with foreign ministers from the other seven nations of the council made only a passing reference to the Paris pact.

Environment groups praised its support for reducing soot (called black carbon) and methane from diesel, oil and gas emissions.

Mr Tillerson is a former chief executive of Exxon and he knows the Arctic well.

"The U.S. will remain engaged in the work that the Arctic Council does on climate change throughout". Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that the administration will not announce the results until after Trump returns from the G-7 summit at the end of May.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson participated in a rare public event this week in Alaska, as he officially handed the reins of the Arctic Council to Finland for the next two years.


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