Yereth Rosen

A month into the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council , the nation's top Arctic official says he is being greeted with open arms around the circumpolar north and in national capitals.

There has been “universal” positive reaction to the U.S. leading the eight-nation organization over the next two years, said retired Coast Guard Commandant Robert Papp , the U.S. special representative for the Arctic...

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The Bering Strait, the narrow chokepoint between the Pacific and Arctic Oceans, has been a watery crossroads for millennia . Skin boats paddled by indigenous residents were followed by commercial whaling ships, which were followed in the 20th century by vessels supporting the newcomers who mined for gold and drilled for oil...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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