The Biden administration on Friday said it would step up cooperation with the Arctic Council and countries interested in a region rapidly changing due to climate change.
The State Department said the United States will appoint ambassadors across the Arctic to address national security, environmental, and development issues in the Far North.
The U.S. has long had an Arctic coordinator, but the elevated position could bring new energy to the job.
The State Department said in a statement that President Joe Biden "plans to strengthen the position of Arctic Coordinator
by appointing an ambassador to the Arctic, subject to Senate consideration and approval."
The Arctic has become a hotbed of activity in recent years as warming seas reduce ice cover and open up new
The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean, adjacent seas, and parts of Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States (Alaska).
.Land within the Arctic region has seasonally varying snow and ice cover (permanently frozen underground ice) containing tundra. Arctic seas contain seasonal sea ice in many places.
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