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Washington congresswoman will likely lead Trump’s Interior Department

By | Alaska's Energy Desk, Environment, Federal Government, Politics | No Comments
Multiple national news outlets are reporting President-elect Donald Trump is set to pick Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican congresswoman from Washington state, to lead the Department of Interior. She's seen as friendly to industry, drawing criticism from some environmentalists. But others think she's a relatively moderate pick.
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St. Paul residents have seen 300 puffin carcasses wash ashore since mid-October. Scientists say seabirds are good indicators of overall ecosystem health, which means the die-off could be a sign of trouble for all sorts of species. (Photo by COASST Island Sentinels)

Puffin die-off on St. Paul Island may point to larger ecosystem problems

By | Alaska's Energy Desk, Aleutians, Climate Change, Environment, Featured News, Oceans, Wildlife | No Comments
In the past two months, 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island, alarming residents who had only seen six carcasses over the last decade. The die-off appears to be slowing down now, but scientists say it could be the sign of a much larger ecosystem problem.
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In looming fight over ANWR, a big unanswered question: how much oil is there?

By | Alaska's Energy Desk, Arctic, Energy & Mining, Featured News, Federal Government, Wildlife | No Comments
The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ranks as one of the most controversial chunks of land in Alaska. Since Congress set it aside for more study in 1980, environmental groups, politicians and industry have battled over whether to explore for oil there or to protect the wilderness forever. As the Trump administration gets ready to take the White House in January, the debate will likely flare up again. But even though the fight's dragged on for decades, there's still a lot we don't know about what lies beneath the refuge.
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