Washington (dpa) – The United States and several European and Asian
allies vowed Monday to take “urgent action to slow the pace of
warming in the Arctic” as they gathered in Alaska for a climate
conference.

Representatives of the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,
South Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain and the
European Union say in a joint statement that they take seriously
scientific warnings about warming in the Arctic that is proceeding at
twice the global rate and warn that shrinking glaciers and melting
snow and ice in the region could speed up the impacts of climate
change.

They called for a “successful, ambitious outcome” at climate talks in
Paris later this year.

The countries also voiced support for an agreement to reduce soot
agreed by Arctic countries earlier this year and efforts to reduce
methane emissions to slow Arctic warming, and they called for more
scientific research on the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

US President Barack Obama was to address the Glacier Summit in
Anchorage later Monday as part of a tour of the northernmost US state
designed to highlight his climate agenda.

The summit in Anchorage includes sessions for foreign ministers on
the global implications of climate change, climate resilience and
adaptation planning, and strengthening coordination on Arctic issues,
the State Department said.

Other policymakers were meeting separately to discuss climate change
and issues such as unregulated fishing, renewable energy and
scientific cooperation.