Thawing Arctic permafrost could release massive amounts of mercury

Thawing Arctic permafrost could release massive amounts of mercury

First, there was the “carbon bomb.” Now add a mercury bomb to the scary risks posed by permafrost thaw. New research shows that permafrost soils...
Two new lawsuits seek to undo recent oil leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve

Two new lawsuits seek to undo recent oil leases in Alaska’s...

Two lawsuits filed by environmentalists on Friday seek to void recent oil and gas lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska on the grounds...
Arctic clouds are more vulnerable to pollution than once thought

Arctic clouds are more vulnerable to pollution than once thought

When Tim Garrett was a graduate student, his research brought him to what was then Barrow (and today Utqiagvik), the northernmost settlement in Alaska....
Metabolism study signals more trouble ahead for polar bears

Metabolism study signals more trouble ahead for polar bears

WASHINGTON — A study of polar bear metabolism conducted near Alaska's Prudhoe Bay has provided more reason to worry about the future of these...
Alaska’s governor and Congressional delegation want to remove most of the state’s waters from new offshore leasing plan

Alaska’s governor and Congressional delegation want to remove most of the...

Alaska’s governor and Congressional delegation are urging the Department of Interior to limit offshore oil leasing to the three most prospective areas — the...
A Chukchi Sea oil spill would affect polar bears in both Chukotka and Alaska

A Chukchi Sea oil spill would affect polar bears in both...

A major oil spill in the Arctic Ocean on either side of the maritime border between Russia and the United States would threaten polar...
Trump’s view that ice caps are ‘setting records’ baffles scientists

Trump’s view that ice caps are ‘setting records’ baffles scientists

OSLO — Scientists puzzled on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that ice caps are "setting records" when much of the world's ice...
A new project reveals big gaps in what we know about Arctic biodiversity

A new project reveals big gaps in what we know about...

A far-reaching assessment of Arctic marine biodiversity has identified ways that sea life, from tiny plankton to huge whales, are responding to the fast-changing...
2017 was second-warmest year on record, says NASA

2017 was second-warmest year on record, says NASA

Global surface temperatures in 2017 were the second warmest on record, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration announced in a new report last week. That’s...
US Supreme Court won’t hear case to remove bearded seals from endangered list

US Supreme Court won’t hear case to remove bearded seals from...

Bearded seals dwelling in the icy waters between Alaska and Russia will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected...