Message from the Chair
The earth is changing, and the polar regions, as usual, are changing faster and by larger amounts than the global average. To any student of the planet, this is old news. Old in the sense that it has long been clear that change is happening today, and old in the sense that the earth is always changing. What is new is that there is a new dominant agent of change, one that can think, plan, and understand that it is responsible for change. The explosion of humans on the planet, both in numbers and in resource needs, has created a collision of sorts between our awesome ability to change the earth, and our fledgling ability to responsibly manage that power.