The Artic Region – Soot and NOX are melting the ice but governments are only worried about borders, politics, artic animals and trade. Time for weather men and environmental activists too attack

Coal, lignite, diesel and dirty fuels are covering ice and snow fields with soot and other dark particles. These particles capture the sun’s rays that warm and melt the ice like never before for the first time in modern human history.

The environmental consequences are considerable and life threatening for us humans and many animals.

The attempts to stop soot and NOX by governments is about as useful as asking Mr. Trump to implement some form of gun control, or ban nuclear weapons, both as deadly for mankind and, it appears, as difficult to achieve.

The Arctic Council has been established to promote cooperation, coordination and interaction on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic. Its members are  Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russia, Sweden and the US.

The membership explains why it will fail – Russia, Canada and the US burn fossil fuels and are showing no signs of cutting back because this is big business for all three.

The Nordics would like to do more but who will listen?

The EU is not reven epresented and there are 300 million people in eastern Europe during fossil fuels and another 80 million in Germany whose power generation depends more on fossil fuels than any other source. India and China are not really interested in Nordic pleas for assistance to reduce heir use of dirty fossil fuels.

The Artic Council, currently headed by Finland, has sparked silo-like interest from our civil servants. The Finnish Foreign Ministry is concerned primarily about the politics and borders of the Artic Region. The Ministry of Trade mainly watches out for drilling and trade route opportunities. The Ministery of the Environment is out there to protect wild life species, and not much else…

None of these ministries has the remit to stop the ice, melting because of soot and NOX.

The Artic Council has set up lots of workgroups but it appears that they are all prisoners of their own smallness as described above:

The Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) – ACAP website

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)  AMAP website

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group (CAFF) CAFF website

The Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group (EPPR) EPPR website

The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group PAME website

The Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) SDWG website

The only good news so far is that the world’s weathermen and women have secured a belated seat at the table and are beginning to broadcast what is happening and what needs to be done.

They are now organising a big seminar in Finland called ARCTIC METEOROLOGY SUMMIT, on 20th March 2018. One of the keynote speakers will be Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization.

One can only hope that the various actors will come out of their silos and attract a worldwide audience on the small matter of the future of outer planet!

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