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    Researchers, Alaskans urge Tillerson to support Paris Agreement, climate change research

    by Liz Raines on May 11, 7:40

    As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in Fairbanks for the handover of the United State’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council to Finland, locals gathered in the Golden Heart Plaza with a message. “Rex: Ignoring climate change research = a huge gamble on our grandchildrens’ future,” the sign of one of dozens of protesters read. […]

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    Week of the Arctic showcases UAF energy research

    by Heather Hintze on May 09, 19:02

    Hundreds of delegates from around the world are in Fairbanks for the Arctic Interchange. For researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), the global spotlight is a chance to showcase their work on sustainable energy. UAF research professor George Roe said right now the diesel generator is the backbone of villages around Alaska. He […]

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    Fairbanks prepares to host Arctic Council, State Secretary Rex Tillerson

    by Liz Raines on May 09, 18:53

    More than a thousand people are headed to Fairbanks this week for the Arctic Council ministerial meeting and other Arctic events, as the U.S. hands over chairmanship to Finland. Heads of states from eight Arctic nations will attend the event, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. According to […]

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    National Park Service predicts the future of shipping in the Bering Sea

    by Lauren Frost / KNOM on Mar 04, 15:47

    It’s no crystal ball, but it could show us the future of Arctic shipping. A new simulation created by the National Park Service and its partners maps out projected ship traffic in the Bering Sea for the year 2025. Tahzay Jones is a coastal ecologist with the National Park Service, and he helped this simulation […]

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    Alaska senator weighs in on Arctic Strategy

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 08, 20:58

    Alaska’s junior senator says the country is finally starting to act like an Arctic nation with the release of the 2016 Arctic Strategy. The Department of Defense wrote the 17-page strategy, discussing how best to protect US interests in the region, given its challenging and changing climate. The strategy identifies 43 recommendations for infrastructure development. […]

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    Scientists fear Trump administration will wipe climate change data from government websites

    by Johanna Eurich / KYUK on Jan 25, 22:05

    Many of the scientists working in Alaska waters are in Anchorage this week to share the results of their research at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, according to a story published by KYUK Public Media. Usually the gathering is full of the most recent discoveries and the results of large collaborative efforts to understand the […]

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    New plan issued to help polar bears survive in Alaska

    by Melissa Frey on Jan 09, 20:35

    A new plan to improve polar bear survival was released Monday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage. Their research shows the biggest risk for polar bears continues to be Arctic warming and loss of sea ice habitat, but the bears face other risks as well, which Fish and Wildlife officials believe would […]

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    Obama bans future oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic

    by KTVA / AP on Dec 20, 12:03

    Last updated at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 As Alaska faces economic challenges, President Barack Obama has designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing. The Alaska Congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Walker say the decision could […]

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    Obama issues executive order protecting Bering Sea region

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 09, 13:32

    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday protecting parts of the Bering Sea from shipping, and oil and gas development, while also giving locals a voice in federal government. “It’s a historic moment for us,” said Harry Lincoln of Tunanak. “This is the first time in our lives, in all these years, hundreds of […]

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    Bethel residents show solidarity with their brothers and sisters at Standing Rock

    by Charles Enoch / KYUK on Nov 07, 17:48

    Bethel was one of many places where there were rallies and vigils in support of members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, according to a story by KYUK Public Media. The tribe fears that a leak from the pipeline could have devastating […]

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    State, Alaska Native corporations petition US Supreme Court to review polar bear habitat designation

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 06, 19:32

    The state of Alaska and a number of Alaska Native corporations filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. The February decision upheld the polar bear habitat designation for 187,000 square miles of Alaska land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced its plan […]

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    Early morning fire rips through three Kobuk structures, including home

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 30, 18:34

    Last updated at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 Three buildings were destroyed by fire early Sunday morning in the village of Kobuk. The fire was first reported to officials in Kotzebue just before 1 a.m., according to Silvano Viveiros, the Northwest Arctic Borough fire chief. An online trooper dispatch said the fire started at […]

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    UN agency to hear from Arctic indigenous leaders

    by Lauren Frost / KNOM on Oct 25, 19:59

    A panel of representatives from Arctic indigenous communities will address the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London on Wednesday afternoon. The IMO is a United Nations specialized agency that regulates shipping worldwide. This may be the first time that Arctic indigenous leaders have appeared in front of the IMO. One of the organizers of this session is […]

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    AVCP energy conference reveals big plans for the region

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Oct 04, 22:20

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission. BETHEL — The Association of Village Council Presidents kicked off a busy week with an all-day Bethel workshop focused on improving how energy is used in Western Alaska. At yesterday’s workshop, one elder compared energy in the region to a family: a series of intricate […]

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    Arctic Science Ministerial Brings International Representatives, including Nome’s mayor

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Oct 04, 14:35

    This September marked the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska in which he witnessed firsthand the effects of climate change in the Arctic. And on Sept. 28, the first ever Arctic Science Ministerial was hosted in Washington, D.C., last week. The focus: creating more scientific initiatives and international collaboration on Arctic issues. Attendee of the event and Mayor […]

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    First luxury Northwest Passage cruise completed

    by Melissa Frey on Sep 17, 20:32

    After four years of planning, building, coordinating, selling and inspecting, the first large luxury cruise ship just finished its tour through the recently opened water of the Northwest Passage. Arriving in New York City after 32 days at sea and about 8,000 nautical miles, the crew and their guests made history and left with a […]

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    Networking with Arctic neighbors: Alaska rejoins the Northern Forum

    by Liz Raines on Jul 26, 7:06

    Alaska is looking to its neighbors in the north for support on some of the challenging issues unique to the Arctic. On Monday, Gov. Bill Walker signed a declaration making Alaska a member of the Northern Forum, a nonprofit organization made up of regional governments from eight countries, which includes Russia. The symbolic union also […]

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    U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Kotzebue for summer

    by Margaret DeMaioribus / KNOM on Jun 25, 16:46

    The U.S. Coast Guard is setting up for activities in Kotzebue this summer and summers to come. The Coast Guard signed a five-year lease with the Alaska Army National Guard facility in Kotzebue. It’s the first long-term lease for the Coast Guard above the Arctic Circle and will serve as a station for Arctic operations. U.S. […]

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    Russia launches world’s largest icebreaker, Arctic coast guards work to keep the peace

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on Jun 20, 14:51

    Activity in the Arctic is on the rise. Retreating sea ice and rising ship traffic have some worried the region could serve as the next stage for international conflict, but coast guards across the Arctic are busy laying the groundwork for cooperation. Russia just launched the largest, most powerful icebreaker in the world. Blue and […]

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    Nome won’t receive federal disaster training until after arrival of Arctic cruise ship

    by Emily Russell / KNOM on Apr 02, 10:27

    The Arctic is set to see its first large cruise ship this summer, but Nome and many other communities along its route may not be ready for a major disaster at sea. The Crystal Serenity will carry over 1,000 passengers through the Northwest Passage. The historic voyage has the industry buzzing, but it also has people worried. […]