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Posted by on in Mining
WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced late Friday that he will not scrap the agency’s 2014 determination that a large-scale mining operation could irreparably harm Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. His decision, which falls short of blocking a proposed gold...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
This an image from a NOAA research flight over a remote stretch of Alaska's north shore on Saturday. It shows approximately 35,000 walruses crowded on a beach, which according to the AP is a record number for this survey program. Bear in mind that each of the little brown dots in this image can wei...
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Posted by on in Fishing
The state projected in its species management plan that king, or Chinook, salmon runs were expected to range from 64,000 to 121,000, with the high end still lower than most years this past decade. "It's clear from this run size that if we are going to ensure the sustainability of this population ov...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
The state of Alaska announced Monday it will sue the federal government to open a road through a national wildlife refuge so that residents of a village will have improved access for emergency flights at an all-weather airport. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in December rejected a proposed land sw...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Wildfires near the Arctic Circle are becoming increasingly more common. And in one Alaskan region called the Yukon Flats, fires are cropping up at a more frequent pace than any other time in the past 10,000 years. A team of scientists led by University of Illinois researcher Rya...
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Posted by on in Fishing
Last month I had the opportunity to visit Dillingham, Alaska — a town with no traffic lights, no movie theatres, and a population that could fit comfortably in a single New York City high-rise. I had to fly there, because no roads lead to Dillingham. Although the town isn’t quite the western edge of...
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Posted by on in Animals
Federal and state wildlife officials have reached an agreement that could lead to the reintroduction of wood bison, a species that inhabited Alaska before the 1900s. Wood bison are listed as a U.S. endangered species and are found in the wild only in Canada. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
  JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell proposed a new way forward on a natural gas pipeline Thursday, saying if demand for gas has shifted from the Lower 48 to Pacific Rim markets, the state must be willing to move with it.   Parnell, in a speech to an oil and gas industry g...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Alaska has given up local input on federal projects off state shores, according to a coalition of lawmakers from coastal boroughs. And absent leadership from the Alaska Legislature, they're determined they have a say on development that's proposed -- or planned. Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho and other...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would start in the town of Hardisty, which about a hundred and twenty-eight miles southeast of Edmonton. It would cross the Canadian-U.S. border in Montana, jog through western South Dakota, then head down through Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma all the way to refine...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
May 13, 2010 |  4:34 pm A week ago, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) teamed up with her Democratic senatorial counterpart, Mark Begich, to introduce a bill that would raise the [Correction: liability trust fund for]  economic damages from oil spills to $10 billion. On Thursday, she blocked...
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