University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Norwegian ambassador will moderate Climate Change in the Arctic roundtable May 19

Norwegian Ambassador to the United States, Wegger Chr. Strømmen, will moderate a roundtable discussion on climate change in the Arctic at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, in the Center for Innovation Idea Lab (4200 James Ray Drive).   It will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the United States and the international community regarding the rapidly warming Arctic climate. The roundtable is hosted by Clean Air-Cool Planet, a science-based national policy organization., the Norwegian Embassy, and UND Nordic Initiative.

Changes experienced in the Arctic will likely affect commerce, trade routes, natural resources and public health, and could impact North Dakota. The Arctic is undergoing significant ecological change, brought on by a powerful regional warming trend which is occurring more rapidly than scientists predicted. A panel of prominent experts will explain the scientific changes and include Geir Wing Gabrielsen, ecotoxicology coordinator at the Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromso, Norway; Walt Meier, research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder; Espen Myhra, Norwegian Minister of Energy; and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a conservative economist and national policy advisor who was a former top adviser to Sen. John McCain, both Presidents Bush, and head of the Congressional Budget Office.

A policy discussion focusing on actions that may be taken to avoid the worst-case scenarios of changes in the Arctic will follow the remarks by scientific experts.

Bruce Gjovig, chair of Nordic Initiative, will introduce Ambassador Strømmen and the panel arranged by Clean Air-Cool Planet. A reception starts at 4:30 p.m. and the roundtable starts at 5 p.m. on May 19.

Clean Air-Cool Planet is a science-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization in the business of solving the global warming problem through civic engagement, education and effective policy. For more information, go to

-- Bruce Gjovig, director, Center for Innovation, 777-3134,

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