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Alaska Science Forum: Life on ice at the top of the world

On a February day long ago, a family living in a sod hut near the Arctic Ocean saw blocks of sea ice bulldozing their way onto shore. Winds shoved more ice until the mass towered above them and started dripping...
Alaska deep-water port proposed for vessels in Arctic waters travel across the Bering Strait, and state and federal officials anticipate shipping companies could someday use Arctic Ocean routes for moving freight between continents.Nome would welcome expanded port facilities that could handle larger...
Interior Secretary Jewell visits eroding village

...oil-rich coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, and Jewell's announcement that she would remove five Arctic Ocean areas from future offshore lease sales, prompted protests from Alaska officials."I may be an easy target," Jewell...
State | AK legislature
Revised Arctic offshore drilling review released

...drilling and say oil companies have not proven they can clean up a spill in remote waters.Jewell last month removed five Arctic Ocean areas from consideration for future lease sales, including Hanna Shoal in the Chukchi, where ice floes linger late...
State | AK legislature
Drilling plan may restrict sensitive Arctic Ocean areas

ANCHORAGE - The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional...
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Obama 'declares war' on Alaska

...are expected. The Washington Post reports that the Department of the Interior will this week set certain parts of the Arctic Ocean off-limits to drilling. The Department of the Interior also could impose "additional limits on oil and gas production...
Five Good Reads for 2014

...year is Bernard's, in which he plays his Alaska experiences off the stark adventures of a relative who traveled the Arctic Ocean in the early twentieth century.? "Gnawed Bones" by Peggy Shumaker. I begin my writing days by reading poetry...
Alaska Science Forum: Far-north changes pondered in San Francisco

...The dark waters of the entire Arctic Ocean have absorbed the sun's a much greater rate than the Arctic Ocean as a whole. Sea ice melting in...previous 16 years.Since 2000, the Arctic Ocean has lost 541,000 square miles...
Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas

ANCHORAGE - The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes.Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, based in Sugarland, Texas...
Groups sue to protect walrus from drilling

...continental shelf.In recent years, sea ice has receded north beyond shallow continental shelf waters and into remote Arctic Ocean water, where depths exceed 2 miles and walrus cannot dive to the bottom. Starting in 2007, without sea ice over shallow...


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