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Fireball in the Sky over Alaska

Fireball in the Sky over Alaska

  Katie Kangas operates a bed-and-breakfast in Ruby, Alaska. On the morning of October 15, she turned to look out her picture window, toward the cabin next door. She was waiting for her client to switch the light on, at which point she would step out and deliver…

NOAA, Local Council to Improve Marine Navigation Near Valdez

NOAA, Local Council to Improve Marine Navigation Near Valdez

  A new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, also known as PORTSⓇ, aims to improve maritime safety and efficiency off Valdez, Alaska. NOAA and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Counciloffsite link partnered to establish the third new PORTS system this year, the 36th in the nationwide network.  The Valdez PORTS…

Wildfires Are Changing Forest Communities in Interior Alaska

Wildfires Are Changing Forest Communities in Interior Alaska

  As boreal forest wildfires increase in severity and frequency, new patterns of post-fire recovery are emerging. Research led by Jill Johnstone and colleagues at the U.S. National Science Foundation-supported Bonanza Creek Long-term Ecological Research site found that recent wildfires led to changes in tree species dominance that are persisting through post-fire…

Ravens and Crows are Hard to Fool

Ravens and Crows are Hard to Fool

  Biologist Stacia Backensto has fooled a raven. When trying to recapture birds on Alaska’s North Slope during…

What Happened to the Pollock Born in 2015?

What Happened to the Pollock Born in 2015?

  New study sheds light on myriad factors that likely contributed to low survival rate of fish born…

Cold tolerance not the same for everyone

Cold tolerance not the same for everyone

  This message once came from the grandfather of 5-year-old Ben, who lived near Inverness, Scotland: “Even in…

Loss of Sea Otters Accelerating the Effects of Climate Change

Loss of Sea Otters Accelerating the Effects of Climate Change

  The impacts of predator loss and climate change are combining to devastate living reefs that have defined…

‘Another Alarm Bell in the Climate Emergency’ as Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Second Lowest Extent on Record

‘Another Alarm Bell in the Climate Emergency’ as Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks to Second Lowest Extent on Record

  “We are headed towards a seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean, and this year is another nail in the…

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