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More Tropical Nights in Alaska’s Future?

More Tropical Nights in Alaska’s Future?

By the end of this century, Alaskans may be enjoying tropical evening breezes for about a week each year. That’s an increase from the almost zero such nights we currently savor. But it could happen, according to a graduate student who has tightened the grids of computer models…

Lack of Sea Ice and Lower 48 Weather

Lack of Sea Ice and Lower 48 Weather

  Last month, villagers in Savoonga landed a bowhead whale. Before 2017, in every January people can remember, sea ice surrounded St. Lawrence Island, locking it in for the winter. Boat-launching and whale-taking were not possible. Now, the disc of ice chunks floating on the northern oceans is…

Sleuthing the Site of a Century-Old Earthquake

Sleuthing the Site of a Century-Old Earthquake

  The second-largest earthquake on the planet in 1904 happened somewhere in Alaska. It could have been St. Michael, Rampart, Fairbanks, Coldfoot or a place called Sunrise on the Kenai Peninsula. People felt the magnitude 7.3 at each place. If an earthquake happens today, within a few minutes…

An open letter to deep Interior cold

An open letter to deep Interior cold

Hello old friend. I thought you were dead. Sorry, but remember last year, when you didn’t show up?…

Would the Arctic Still be the Arctic Without the Polar Bear?

Would the Arctic Still be the Arctic Without the Polar Bear?

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two great bears are emblematic of the Arctic: Ursa Major – arktos in Greek –…

Freshman Lawmaker Supports Opening ANWR to Oil and Gas Development

Freshman Lawmaker Supports Opening ANWR to Oil and Gas Development

Juneau – As his first legislative action since assuming office, Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kotzebue) Wednesday introduced House Joint…

The First Humans Arrived in North America a Lot Earlier than Believed

The First Humans Arrived in North America a Lot Earlier than Believed

  The timing of the first entry of humans into North America across the Bering Strait has now…

Arctic Sea Ice Loss Impacts Beluga Whale Migration

Arctic Sea Ice Loss Impacts Beluga Whale Migration

  The annual migration of some beluga whales in Alaska is altered by sea ice changes in the…

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