"The Trump administration objected to climate change references in a planned joint statement for the upcoming international Arctic Council forum, the Washington Post reports.
Why it matters: As one of 8 Arctic nations, the U.S. plays a key role in setting policy for the region, which is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the globe. Under President Trump, the U.S. has pursued policies aimed at boosting its production of fossil fuels, which contribute to planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
Where it stands: According to member state officials speaking to the Post on the condition of anonymity, the U.S. has softened its position in the past few days on completely removing climate change references from the council's joint statement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will endorse the final statement."