Alaska


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Interior Department Suppresses Study on Polar Bears to Plunder Alaska’s Arctic, Then Caves to Pressure

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Interior’s decision to allow drilling in the Alaskan Arctic skirts the law and sidelines science in order to make a wholly political decision. And that’s wrong. Read more >

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The Trump Administration’s Latest: A Plan to Foul the Alaska Arctic

In a complete disregard for science, conservation, and climate change, the administration has released a draft plan that could allow oil and gas operations on more than 17 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic. Read more >

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What do Alaska Wildfires Mean for Global Climate Change?

, Kendall Science Fellow

During the (on-going) 2019 fire season, over 2 million acres have burned – an area roughly equivalent to that of Yellowstone National Park. In comparison to many fires in the conterminous United States, many fires in Alaska burn far away from population centers, and as such can be fought and responded to differently. However, to put the alarming nature of this season in context, the 2019 fire season in Alaska has already burned greater acreage than ALL fires in California during 2018 (~1.8 million acres), the year of the devastating Camp, Woolsey, and Carr fires. Read more >

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How Alaska’s Recent Heat Wave May Worsen Climate Warming

, Kendall Science Fellow

Over the holiday weekend, three cities in Alaska experienced record heat with temperatures in Anchorage reaching 90°F. In a city where local July temperatures averaged 61°F in 2018, this extreme heat illustrates the dramatic effects of climate change in northern regions of the world. These record-breaking temperatures, however, could further intensify climate warming by priming Alaskan landscapes to release carbon and heat-trapping gases in two major ways. Read more >

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An old whaling site on Svalbard, Norway. Photo: Adam Markham

Rapid Warming is Creating a Crisis for Arctic Archaeology

, Deputy director, Climate & Energy

There are at least 180,000 archaeological sites in the Arctic. Many are already being lost to climate change – virtually all of them are vulnerable. Read more >

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