ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Eight Arctic nations moved from conflict to cooperation this week at an Arctic Council meeting in Nuuk, Greenland. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who attended the meeting, says there is widespread agreement that more needs to be done to combat climate change and its threat to Arctic peoples.
Murkowski was part of the United States’ delegation, which also included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
"I think the significance of this particular council meeting," said Murkowski, "is that for the first time ever, you had not only one cabinet member but two cabinet members."
Murkowski says it shows that the United States is stepping up to its role as a leader in the Arctic.
"It might be difficult to convince a person from Iowa that they are part of an Arctic nation, but they are. And we are," she said.