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    Anchorage, Alaska Hit 90 Degrees for First Time on July 4th

    Anchorage, Alaska Hit 90 Degrees for First Time on July 4th

    Fourth of July fireworks were canceled in Anchorage, Alaska Thursday as America’s “coolest city” hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in recorded history. Alaska has had an unusually warm spring and early summer, The New York Times reported. It experienced its warmest March on record, and this June is likely to be its […]

    Alaska’s Warming Waters Spell Trouble for Residents and Wildlife

    Alaska’s Warming Waters Spell Trouble for Residents and Wildlife

    An unseasonably warm May followed by record-breaking June temperatures melted Alaskan ice far earlier than normal this year, alarming residents and scientists alike, the Associated Press reports. Sea surface temperatures in the Chukchi and North Bering seas are nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1981-2010 average, reaching into the lower 60s. The warm ocean temperature […]

    Arctic Laughing Gas Emissions Could Accelerate Global Warming

    Arctic Laughing Gas Emissions Could Accelerate Global Warming

    By Tim Radford Scientists have identified yet another hazard linked to the thawing permafrost: laughing gas. A series of flights over the North Slope of Alaska has detected unexpected levels of emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide from the rapidly warming soils. Nitrous oxide, which chemists know also as laughing gas, is an estimated […]

    Earlier Arctic Rain Is Leading to ‘Methane Emissions Going Bonkers’

    Earlier Arctic Rain Is Leading to ‘Methane Emissions Going Bonkers’

    By Tim Radford As the global temperature steadily rises, it ensures that levels of one of the most potent greenhouse gases are increasing in a way new to science: the planet will have to reckon with more methane than expected. Researchers who monitored one bog for three years in the Alaskan permafrost have identified yet […]

    Arctic Indigenous Voices Making a Difference on Polar Shipping

    Arctic Indigenous Voices Making a Difference on Polar Shipping

    By Verner Wilson II 2018 was a breakthrough year for Arctic conservation work at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). I wrote partly about it in my previous blog. Aside from obtaining internationally recognized routing measures and shipping areas to be avoided (ATBA) in the Bering Sea, IMO also moved forward with regulations to ban the […]

    Trump Administration Drills Down on Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

    Trump Administration Drills Down on Alaska’s Arctic Refuge

    By Tim Lydon The Trump administration is barreling ahead with plans to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest refuge in the country and an area of global ecological importance. Many refer to the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge—the very place where oil drilling is being planned—as the “American Serengeti.” […]

    Despite Shutdown, Trump Administration Continues Push to Open Western Arctic

    Despite Shutdown, Trump Administration Continues Push to Open Western Arctic

    By Kelsie Rudolph At the 11th hour on Jan. 22, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) quietly extended the initial public comment period in an environmental review process aimed at creating a new management plan (the Integrated Activity Plan or IAP) for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (Reserve). Already, BLM has rescheduled public meetings with little […]

    Arctic Refuge Oil Surveys Put Polar Bears in the Crosshairs

    Arctic Refuge Oil Surveys Put Polar Bears in the Crosshairs

    By Rebecca Bowe Send an army of industry workers into remote polar bear territory in the dead of winter, and things are not going to end well. Yet that’s just what the Trump administration would open the door to as it prepares for oil and gas drilling and moves to authorize seismic testing, a precursor […]