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    3 Months and Counting: Pipeline Leaks Natural Gas Into Alaska’s Cook Inlet

    3 Months and Counting: Pipeline Leaks Natural Gas Into Alaska’s Cook Inlet

    For more than three months, an underwater pipeline has been spewing hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of processed natural gas per day in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, possibly threatening critically endangered beluga whales, fish and other wildlife. The 8-inch pipeline, owned and operated by Hilcorp Alaska, is leaking more than 210,000 cubic feet of gas […]

    House Passes NRA-Backed Bill Legalizing the Killing of Bear Cubs in Wildlife Refuges

    House Passes NRA-Backed Bill Legalizing the Killing of Bear Cubs in Wildlife Refuges

    The House of Representatives approved a controversial bill to overturn an Obama-era rule that protects wolves, bears, coyotes and other animals on more than 76 million acres of national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The measure was passed 225-193 on Thursday on a mostly party-line vote. Animal welfare advocates said that the resolution allows trophy hunters […]

    EPA Scientists Held From Attending Alaska Summit

    EPA Scientists Held From Attending Alaska Summit

    The Trump transition team ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halve the number of staff allowed to attend an environmental conference in Alaska last week, according to conference organizers. The Alaska Forum on the Environment traditionally sees heavy participation from the EPA, with 34 agency employees originally committed to attend this year’s event. […]

    Alaska Sees ‘Astounding’ Rise in Temperature as ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ Planned for Arctic

    Alaska Sees ‘Astounding’ Rise in Temperature as ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ Planned for Arctic

    As 2016 is set to be the warmest year on record, Alaskans are seeing an “astounding” rise in temperature. Throughout October, average temperatures in Alaska ran 6.7 degrees above normal. Alaska Village Votes to Relocate Due to Rising Sea Levels – EcoWatch https://t.co/dMxmJHjw2w @ukycc @EUClimateAction — EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) August 19, 2016 Barrow, the northernmost community […]

    Appeals Court: Animals Can Be Listed as Threatened Based on Climate Change Risk

    Appeals Court: Animals Can Be Listed as Threatened Based on Climate Change Risk

    A U.S. appeals court ruled that federal agencies can list species as threatened based on projections of how climate change will impact their habitats. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Oil companies and Alaska natives had challenged the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to list a seal species as threatened because of sea ice loss, but […]

    Alaska Village Votes to Relocate Due to Rising Sea Levels

    Alaska Village Votes to Relocate Due to Rising Sea Levels

    The residents of Shishmaref, Alaska voted to leave their ancestral home and relocate to safer ground as climate change-driven sea level rise threatens to engulf the coastal village. ©Gary Braasch Home to more than 600 Inupiat Inuit residents, the remote island in Alaska is experiencing rapid coastal erosion as sea levels rise and permafrost thaws. […]

    9 Breathtaking Images Show a Warming Arctic

    9 Breathtaking Images Show a Warming Arctic

    By David Thoreson Alaska and most of our country has been unusually hot this year—the hottest year on record for Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau, Alaska, actually. The entire state has been about 10 degrees hotter than usual. Even for the fast-melting Arctic we have reached “uncharted territory.” During the past 25 years and 70,000 miles, […]