But mariners are urging Coast Guard officials to keep the free, low-tech service rather than switch over to subscription-based satellites.
Some residents say this is unprecedented — the whale-dependent village captured nearly 20 whales last fall. Also unprecedented are this year’s temperatures: It was the warmest May-through-September on record in Utqiaġvik.
The report says that Alaska has been breaking so many climate records over the last five years, it suggests the state has crossed a threshold into increasingly rapid ecosystem changes.
Alaska Congressman Don Young made it clear he didn’t think much of the hearing. He said he’s neither for nor against the Pebble Mine, but he believes in science-based decision-making.
Juneau’s fire chief says “there isn’t a product on the market that’s totally environmentally friendly that works like it’s supposed to.”
If Ketchikan keeps seeing high levels of bacteria in its raw water supply, it could lose its right to remain unfiltered. It might be forced to build a filtration plant. And that’s expensive.
Last year, the sawfly munched on about 40,000 acres of hemlock in Southeast Alaska. This year, that number ballooned to close to 400,000 acres of damage.
A dozen Alaska brown bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve are competing for the title of fattest bear during the park’s annual Fat Bear Week.
The United Nations has released a major new report on climate change. It contains stark warnings on how rising emissions will affect environments across the globe — and much of Alaska.
Gail Alstrom of the St. Mary’s Sub-Regional Clinic says rural Alaska health care clinics like hers rely on broadband internet service. An outage sends them back in time.