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ANCHORAGE - A bill sponsored by Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to improve scientific research in the Arctic is advancing in the U.S. Senate.
The bill was approved Thursday by the Senate Commerce Committee. It is one of several bills concerning the Arctic that was introduced by the Alaska Democrat earlier this year.
The bill calls for forming a more comprehensive and long-range strategy for study of the Arctic and climate change.
Chris Krenz, Arctic project manager with the environmental group Oceana, says Begich is leading the way in Congress to ensure that basic Arctic research is conducted.
Krenz says climate change is rapidly altering the Arctic and research needs to be done to better understand what is happening and how it is affecting the rest of the planet.