Clinton: Rules of road needed to prevent Arctic ‘catastrophe’

Climate change is altering the Arctic terrain and nations are jockeying for access. Arctic sea ice coverage reached its lowest level on record in September.

Clinton touted the Obama administration’s work with the multilateral, eight-nation Arctic Council. “We are working to strengthen the Arctic Council ... so that it can promote effective collaboration,” she said.

One key topic is the role of China, which is not an Arctic nation but is seeking permanent observer status on the council.

An in-depth New York Times story last month details China’s efforts in the scramble to tap Arctic resources.