Yereth Rosen

Young Alaska Native children are far more likely to be obese than their non-Native counterparts, and family strife is a major factor that puts those young children at risk for obesity, a new study finds.

Among Alaska Native 3-year-olds, 42.2 percent were found to be obese, compared to 24.9 percent of all Alaska 3-year-olds, said the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE . Obesity rates for these young children were highest in the north and southwest parts of the state; 51.6 percent of Alaska Native 3-year-olds in those regions were found to be obese...

Yereth Rosen

Temperatures have soared this week in Barrow, thanks to a high-pressure system parked over the Yukon Territory and British Columbia that is also warming up all of Arctic Alaska, according to the National Weather Service...

Yereth Rosen

Starting in 2017, it will be illegal for shippers to dump oil, oily waste or noxious materials into Arctic or Antarctic waters.

That prohibition is part of a set of environmental rules and standards approved on Friday by the International Maritime Organization ...

Yereth Rosen

The wasting disease that is killing millions of sea stars along the U.S. West Coast has now moved farther north, into Southcentral Alaska’s Kachemak Bay, according to scientists who surveyed the area last week.

Brenda Konar , a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Science, said she and a fellow UAF scientist found a cluster of six to eight sea stars in a relatively small area they regularly survey.

The creatures were stricken by the disease that is bringing lesions, disintegration and, ultimately, death...

Yereth Rosen

Federal regulators on Monday approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plan to resume oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean three years after a series of mishaps, mistakes and legal problems forced the company to temporarily shelve its drilling program.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s approval for Shell’s drilling plans in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska is conditioned on additional permits from government agencies and on adherence to special rules crafted for Arctic conditions, officials said...

Yereth Rosen

When an aquatic ecologist was surveying shallow lakes in Northwest Alaska three years ago, she and the pilot who traveled with her came upon an unusual sight in the treeless Arctic region: a pair of terns that kept flying around and perching on what appeared to be a log sticking out of a muddy area.

The protruding object, it turns out, was no log. It was the large and well-preserved leg bone of a woolly mammoth. Right by it was another bone, perfectly articulated, that was clearly from the same leg.

“It was like the mammoth just (lay) over there,” said Amy Larsen, the National Park Service ecologist surveying the site in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve ...

Yereth Rosen

Greenpeace protesters must stay away from Royal Dutch Shell’s drill ships and support vessels, the anchor lines and buoys attached to them and the Barrow airport hangar and terminal that Shell is seeking to use to support its planned oil-exploration operations in the Chukchi Sea, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Greenpeace activists are even prohibited from flying drones this summer and fall over the offshore Arctic area where Shell plans to drill, according to the injunction issued by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason...

Yereth Rosen

A drill ship that Shell intends to use to drill oil wells in Arctic waters off Alaska cannot be moored at the Port of Seattle without a new permit, Seattle city officials said Monday.

The Polar Pioneer drill ship and its accompanying tugboats do not -- for now -- belong at the port’s Terminal 5, a site currently devoted to cargo ships, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development said in a finding released Monday...

Yereth Rosen

Arctic waters may not be so friendly in the future to Arctic cod .

A research project being conducted by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists has found that even a moderate warming of waters could spell dire consequences for the Arctic cod, a high-fat fish important to the food web. But other fish with lower fat content -- pollock, Pacific cod and saffron cod -- can survive and even thrive in warming waters, the research finds...

Yereth Rosen

Shell has understated the financial risks of exploring for oil in the Arctic Ocean and federal regulators should investigate possible misrepresentations to investors, critics of the drilling plan said Tuesday.

Oceana , an environmental organization, and the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School on Monday petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission for an investigation into what the drilling critics call “material misstatements and omissions” in Shell’s financial filings...

Yereth Rosen

Pages