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Leaders, scientists attend Arctic summit in Fairbanks

By Alexis Fernandez 6:35 PM March 14, 2016
ANCHORAGE –

It’s being called the biggest Arctic event in Alaska this year. All eyes will be on Fairbanks this week as hundreds of researchers talk climate change in the Arctic at the Arctic Science Summit.

There are more than 50 events scheduled during the weeklong event in Fairbanks that will focus on bridging Arctic science and policy.

On Monday, a group of polar ambassadors and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz talked about the importance of collaboration in the Arctic, and the similarities between Alaska and Norway.

About 1,000 scientists, policymakers, and students will be participating in high profile meetings and events to address Arctic issues, which include improving conditions for local communities.

“It is important to involve this region stronger and also local communities,” said Else Berit Eikeland, Norway’s senior Arctic official. “We need to learn from each other, we need to have the highest standards when it comes to safety, when it comes to environment standards, but we need to establish good societies for people in the Arctic.”

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will be live streaming some of the events on its website.

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