The US presents plan for Arctic shipping

The White House presented its plan for the Arctic on the same day that Shell canceled a drilling off the coast of Alaska, according to Reuters.

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Last week the White House presented a plan outlining the American stance in relation to developments in the Arctic, where a decreasing amount of ice creates new possibilities - and not least challenges related to to safety, says Reuters.

The US Department of Defense plans to spearhead an inter-departmental effort aimed at predicting the ice conditions in the region by launching a satellite and improving analytical methods for predicting ice conditions. In the meantime, the Department of Commerce will investigate and map the US Arctic waters in an effort to, among other things, make it easier for shipping, as well as adapting coastal communities to the climate changes.

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