The United States concerned but little involved.
Representatives of 8 countries bordering the Arctic, including the United States, met in Reykjavik (Iceland) to decide on a response to the Artic Climate Impact Assessment, published two weeks earlier. In this document, the fruit of four years of research, 300 scientists have expressed their fears about the current temperature rise in this polar region. But the report from the negotiations led by members of the Arctic Council
does not appear at the height of the stakes. It limits itself to recognizing the problem and encouraging the adoption of effective countermeasures, without specifying which ones.
In particular, no joint strategy to limit the emission of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change in the Arctic could be halted, mainly under US pressure. The Bush Administration says it favors volunteering
and research on renewable energies and carbon dioxide storage technologies to improve the situation. The president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, an independent organization of scientists and ordinary citizens, called this position "irresponsible to the extreme". WP 25 / 11 / 04 (Arctic Council urges action on warming)