Yereth Rosen

SEWARD -- If Alaska is on the “leading edge” of global climate change, as President Obama puts it, then that edge is particularly sharp in the picturesque port town of Seward, which hosted him on Tuesday.

The town of about 2,750 people is surrounded by shrinking glaciers, warming and acidifying marine waters and increasingly flammable forests, all changes that climate scientists say are being sped by carbon emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels...

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As geopolitical tensions between the United States and Russia have risen, there is at least one subject about which relations are warm -- the mutual desire to protect the Arctic Ocean from unregulated exploitation by vessels chasing northward-moving fish.

The two nations, along with Canada, Norway and Greenland/Denmark, pledged in July to keep their commercial fishermen out of the 1.1 million square miles of international waters in the central Arctic Ocean, at least for the foreseeable future...

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Indigenous residents from some of the smallest communities and most remote parts of Alaska had a message for international leaders who convened in Anchorage for a high-profile State Department-hosted Arctic conference: Climate change is an existential threat.

“Today Alaska’s Native peoples seek security, food security, economic security, cultural security, energy security. A changing world and climate impacts all of these,” Reggie Joule, mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough and an Inupiaq from Kotzebue, said in opening remarks at the conference known as GLACIER .

“We have much to lose -- the very essence of who we are as a people."...

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Secretary of State John Kerry, in Alaska to host a high-level international conference on the rapidly changing Arctic, said Monday he took an important lesson from the tribal leader in a tiny Dena’ina village.

When Lee Stephan, chief of the village government in Eklutna, opened the GLACIER conference with a reference to 10,000 years of indigenous history in Southcentral Alaska, that put the carbon-emitting Industrial Age -- which did not start until the late 1800s -- into perspective, Kerry said.

“You see the contrast pretty starkly. And it struck me that this is the right place to be, this was the right site to come and discuss those issues,” he told the conference audience in the opening session...

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Federal officials have made a lot of unfulfilled promises in the past about paying attention to the issues and needs of the far north, so Alaskans have a right to be skeptical about new promises, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.

“I know that Alaskans have long felt that Washington and the rest of the country don’t necessarily understand the special issues that arise in living in Alaska,” Kerry told reporters at a news conference in Anchorage...

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The president of the United States is the star speaker on Monday at a conference in Anchorage on Arctic issues, ensuring the eyes of the world will be on Alaska and the rapid changes happening in the far North...

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Long before the terms “global warming” and “climate change” became part of the national dialogue, Alaska’s indigenous people noticed that things were going askew in the natural world.

“Ice cellars were sweating because we were losing the permafrost,” said Patricia Cochran, an Inupiaq from Nome who is the executive director of the Alaska Native Science Commission . Berries were ripening two to three weeks earlier than normal, and beavers, once unknown in the treeless tundra regions, began showing up in rivers and streams as woody plants sprouted farther north, she said...

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Huge, wind-whipped waves crashed onto the shore at Barrow on Thursday, forcing the closure of a nearby road, the National Weather Service reported. Westerly winds were gusting up to 50 miles an hour, pushing waves up to the top of the beach and causing some erosion, the National Weather Service said.

A National Weather Service employee in Barrow captured still images and video of the high waves and flooding...

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Climate scientists said Tuesday they hope President Obama’s visit to Alaska and next week’s State Department-organized Anchorage conference on climate and Arctic issues will draw the world’s attention to the Arctic and how it is changing...

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When Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson parked her car in downtown Anchorage Monday and walked to the swanky Hotel Captain Cook for a meeting with prominent policymakers, she did what she always does when walking by down-and-out people living on the street.

“I looked at every single person that I passed,” Davidson told the U.S. Arctic Research Commission . “And, as always, I was looking for my sister.”

Davidson said her sister, a “brilliant” woman who has worked at various levels of state government, struggles with addiction and has been “homeless for years.”...

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