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America’s Most Obscure Desert Is in Alaska

America’s Most Obscure Desert Is in Alaska

By Michael Engelhard Time slipping, a tabula rasa. Footprints erased, slopes advanced, ripples unsculpted. A whole world recast by whims of weather. Besides snowfields and foreshores, few landscapes appear so clean-cut and subtle. Here, emptiness is the main attraction. I’m perched on a pile of gear at the lip of a sand dune adjacent to […]

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    Wolves Are Losing Ground to Industrial Logging in Southeast Alaska

    Wolves Are Losing Ground to Industrial Logging in Southeast Alaska

    By Faith Rudebusch For 12,000 years, wolves have roamed Southeast Alaska’s rugged Alexander Archipelago—a 300-mile stretch of more than 1,000 islands mostly within the Tongass National Forest. Now, their old-growth forest habitat is rapidly disappearing, putting the wolves at risk. As the region’s logging policies garner controversy, a new study examines what the wolves need […]

    Trump Admin Begins Process to Open Pristine Arctic Refuge for Drilling

    Trump Admin Begins Process to Open Pristine Arctic Refuge for Drilling

    The Interior Department has launched the process of holding lease sales for oil and gas drilling in the 1.6-million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Despite decades of fierce resistance from Democrats and conservation groups, pro-drilling Republicans were able to realize their goal of opening the refuge after quietly including the measure […]

    Alaskan Glaciers Have Not Melted This Fast in at Least Four Centuries

    Alaskan Glaciers Have Not Melted This Fast in at Least Four Centuries

    Rising temperatures are causing glaciers in Alaska’s Denali National Park to melt faster than at any time in the past 400 years, according to new research. The study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, a journal of the American Geophysical Union in March. The Earth science organization released details about the research […]

    Grassroots Fighters for the Arctic Refuge Take the Case to DC

    Grassroots Fighters for the Arctic Refuge Take the Case to DC

    By Rebekah Ashley Even though our day-to-day existence may be far removed from Arctic Alaska, we must stand for the protection of the Arctic Refuge and ask our representatives to do the same. Most Americans oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In fact, a majority of us “strongly oppose it.” This broad public […]

    Trump: ‘I Never Appreciated ANWR’ Until Oil Industry Friend Called

    Trump: ‘I Never Appreciated ANWR’ Until Oil Industry Friend Called

    The political battle over whether to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ( ANWR) for oil and gas exploration has raged for decades. Despite the majority of Americans opposing drilling in ANWR, pro-drilling Republicans have tried more than 50 times open up the pristine wilderness to energy development. But President Trump was apparently indifferent to […]

    Zinke Moves to Build Road Through Alaska Wilderness Area

    Zinke Moves to Build Road Through Alaska Wilderness Area

    By Sam Schipani While the world was distracted by the government shutdown last Monday, Jan. 22, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke signed a land-swap agreement with the King Cove Native Corporation to trade 500 acres of federal land in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, on the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula, for tribal land of […]

    The Pebble Mine Is Too Toxic Even for the Trump Administration

    The Pebble Mine Is Too Toxic Even for the Trump Administration

    In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it is suspending its effort to reverse an Obama-era plan to restrict mining in Bristol Bay, Alaska based on a controversial mine project’s risks to the region’s important salmon fisheries and natural resources. The unexpected move from President Trump’s pro-business administration was a blow […]

    7.9 Earthquake in Alaska, West Coast Tsunami Warning Canceled

    7.9 Earthquake in Alaska, West Coast Tsunami Warning Canceled

    This is a breaking story and will be updated. Check back for new information… Update (7:48 a.m. ET): The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center canceled a west coast warning for the U.S., following a magnitude 7.9 earthquake off the coast of Alaska near small city of Kodiak. The warning it remains in effect for some […]