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‘Arctic Issues’ will be Great Decisions topic

The unexpectedly rapid melting of the polar icecap has brought forward complex international issues of access to huge underwater oil and gas fields as well as potential military and security difficulties. Concerns relating to boundary disputes, fishery rights and possible environmental damage are all associated with recently expanded areas of open water in the Arctic.

Stan Coloff will lead the discussion on “The Arctic Age” at Great Decisions at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, at the Deltaville Community Association building. Coloff retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, in 2005 and has participated in research programs studying polar bears and salmon fisheries in the Alaskan Arctic and the Arctic Ocean. He also participated in the development of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Plan in 2004 and has a strong interest in climate change issues.

Included among Coloff’s other professional accomplishments are work in fire science and fire science capabilities, as chairman of a long-term “acid rain” monitoring program, as a faculty member in an air pollution training institute, and participant in an underground nuclear testing program while on active duty with the Air Force.

Coloff holds a BS in chemistry, Montana State University, and an MS in chemistry, University of New Mexico. He is a long-time sailor and first visited Middlesex County by boat 20 years ago. He and his wife Cheryl live in Hartfield.

The local Great Decisions group is part of the national Foreign Policy Association’s effort to help citizens become informed about problems confronting particular countries around the globe as well as issues common to all.

The subject for March 6 is “Global Food Supply.”

Sessions are open to anyone with an interest in foreign affairs and all are urged to participate in the discussion.

posted 02.26.2009

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