Busting the 2,000-acre myth about drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

Busting the 2,000-acre myth about drilling in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

The recent Republican tax bill, signed into law by President Trump, calls for two oil and gas lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife...
How to write an Arctic story in 5 easy steps

How to write an Arctic story in 5 easy steps

So you’ve been assigned to write a story on the Arctic. Congratulations! This will be one of your easiest assignments.The key is to write...
China launches its first domestically built icebreaker

China launches its first domestically built icebreaker

China launched the Xue Long 2 (雪龙2), which translates to “Snow Dragon,” in an elaborate ceremony at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai on Monday. The new...
China and the US both have strategic designs for Greenland

China and the US both have strategic designs for Greenland

Two seemingly unrelated messages, reaching us only a few days apart, recently revealed how Greenland occupies an increasingly strategic place in today’s geopolitics.One of...
How Norway and Alaska took different paths when it came to investing windfalls from oil development

How Norway and Alaska took different paths when it came to...

In the past half century, Norway and Alaska each developed an extensive oil and gas industry — and each took steps to preserve part...
Is the world ready for a Bering Strait rail link between Alaska and Russia?

Is the world ready for a Bering Strait rail link between...

In 1890, Colorado Gov. William Gilpin called for a new worldwide railroad system to connect the greatest cities on five continents.His book, “The Cosmopolitan...
How a baseless myth about Japanese tourists and the northern lights was born — and still persists

How a baseless myth about Japanese tourists and the northern lights...

Whether you’ve seen the northern lights for a thousand nights or are just witnessing them for the first time, there is something magical about...
How an Alaska professor’s pop-up book aims to spread awareness of marine plastic pollution

How an Alaska professor’s pop-up book aims to spread awareness of...

An Alaska art professor’s concern about the marine environment has combined with her passion for pop-up books to produce a colorful three-dimensional tool to...
How permafrost insurance could revolutionize Arctic development

How permafrost insurance could revolutionize Arctic development

Say you’re a homeowner in Utqiagvik, Alaska, the northernmost American city. You have fire insurance for your home, insurance against the weight of snow...
What the new IPCC climate report means for the Arctic

What the new IPCC climate report means for the Arctic

If a half-degree temperature rise in world temperatures doesn’t sound alarming, the latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change should put that...