Not all rural communities have normal sanitation systems like city sewer and water treatment plants: They rely on septic systems that need to get pumped periodically. And while the Alaska Marine Highway System is closed, pump trucks can’t get to some small towns that rely on them.
One researcher says now is a key time for studies on Arctic Ocean conditions, before hotter temperatures from climate change become the new normal.
Development in the Arctic is booming as the global climate warms and ice melts. But environmental opposition has come along with it, making some big banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase more reticent about investing.
Alaska geoduck clam divers are stuck sitting on the beach until at least March 5.
Alaska Resource Education, which promotes the oil and gas, mining and forestry industries in Alaska’s schools, is suing former Executive Director Michelle Brunner, alleging she embezzled at least $187,000.
In 30 years or so, visitors might not be able to see the Mendenhall Glacier from the visitor center. The U.S. Forest Service is preparing for that reality.
The Yukon produces a lot of renewable energy. And they have a surplus in the summer months, when cruise ships are in port at Skagway.
King Cove officials estimate that they’ve lost of some $650,000 in revenue, or nearly 25 percent of their yearly total.
In January, divers held an emergency meeting of the geoduck committee to talk about what to do next.
The Red Devil mercury mine permanently closed in 1971 after the price of ore fell and the owners walked away, leaving it up to the state and federal governments to clean up the site.