Politics & Policy

US Coast Guard launches study aimed at improving shipping safety in Chukchi and Beaufort seas

US Coast Guard launches study aimed at improving shipping safety in...

Months after the International Maritime Organization approved a set of shipping safety measures for the Bering Strait region, the U.S. Coast Guard is starting...
Similar flood disasters, different responses: Villages in Alaska and Russia learn from each other

Similar flood disasters, different responses: Villages in Alaska and Russia learn...

In the Arctic spring of 2013, river communities on either side of the Bering Strait – Alaska’s Galena on the Yukon River and Russia’s...
A convoy of private planes is making a friendship flight to link Alaska and Russia

A convoy of private planes is making a friendship flight to...

Three decades after the melting of the “Ice Curtain” that separated Alaska and Russia during the Cold War, a group of Alaska aviators is...
Environmentalists sue to force critical habitat designation for ringed seals

Environmentalists sue to force critical habitat designation for ringed seals

An environmental group filed suit against the Trump administration on Thursday for what it alleges is an illegal neglect of duty to protect two...
After more than two decades, the Arctic Council considers what direction its future will take

After more than two decades, the Arctic Council considers what direction...

During the two decades it has existed, the Arctic Council has come to mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Heather Exner-Pirot,...
Copenhagen is ignoring Russian, Chinese activity in the Arctic, lawmakers warn

Copenhagen is ignoring Russian, Chinese activity in the Arctic, lawmakers warn

Members of the Danish national assembly have roundly criticised the government for failing to pay sufficient attention to threats to stability in the region...
After delay, planning resumes on a controversial 200-mile road through Arctic Alaska

After delay, planning resumes on a controversial 200-mile road through Arctic...

Plans for a new 200-mile road cutting through the foothills of the Brooks Range in Alaska's Arctic are back on track now that a...
Canadian report says oil development poses bigger risks to Arctic refuge’s caribou than US authorities admit

Canadian report says oil development poses bigger risks to Arctic refuge’s...

Trump administration officials pushing for oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have understated the risks to caribou, scientists said in a report...
U.S. Arctic defense strategy ramps up rhetoric without committing resources, experts say

U.S. Arctic defense strategy ramps up rhetoric without committing resources, experts...

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released its updated Arctic strategy last week. The 19-page document focuses on the threats posed by Russia and...
Oil development plan in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea gets regulators’ OK

Oil development plan in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea gets regulators’ OK

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that it has approved the development plan for the first producing oil field located entirely in federal waters. The...
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