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...

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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...

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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...

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Alaskans frequently complain that their fellow Americans are oblivious to the Arctic. But as the United States prepares to assume leadership of the eight-nation Arctic Council this week, a new survey finds that many residents of the circumpolar north remain unaware of important Arctic issues...

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Citing rebounding populations, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday proposed removing Endangered Species Act protections for most of the world’s humpback whales .

Donna Wieting , director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Protected Resources, said the proposal shows that the Endangered Species Act worked to preserve humpbacks, known for their underwater songs and the way they leap from the water...

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Four years ago, archaeologists announced they had found evidence on the Alaska side of the Bering Strait of trade with Asia that dated back about 1,000 years.

The evidence was a bronze fastener , possibly a belt buckle, that was created in eastern Asia and found at a site at Cape Espenberg in Alaska’s archaeologically rich Bering Land Bridge National Preserve ...

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Cleanup is done on six legacy wells that are relics of early North Slope oil exploration, the Bureau of Land Management said Friday.

The six wells, in the federal National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska , were drilled by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s and 1950s, when the land unit was under control of that military branch. All the wells in this spring’s cleanup are at Umiat, a settlement in the reserve. Three were plugged and had their wellheads removed; wellheads were removed at the other three, which had been plugged previously...

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Cross one thing off the long list of possible apocalyptic climate-change scenarios: A new scientific analysis concludes that a “carbon bomb” of greenhouse gases emitted from thawing terrestrial permafrost is not likely.

Permafrost on land around the circumpolar north will likely continue to thaw and release carbon dioxide and methane, but at a gradual rate through the end of the century and beyond, said the study, published last week in the journal Nature ...

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Decades ago, Gov. Wally Hickel was ridiculed for his idea of an ocean pipeline carrying fresh Alaska water to parched California. Now entrepreneurs are hoping that they can make good on his general concept by selling clear water from Southeast Alaska’s rainforest to users in the dry south.

A company that once operated a Sitka bottled-water plant but switched its focus to bulk exports says it has confirmed customers in drought-stricken California...

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SEATTLE -- Six Greenpeace activists opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic have abandoned a Seattle-bound drill rig they boarded in the Pacific Ocean six days ago, the organization said Saturday.

The move came just hours before an Anchorage U.S. District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order requiring Greenpeace activists and their boats to stay away from Shell's Arctic drill rigs and a transport ship.

Rough seas prompted the decision, Greenpeace said in an email. The protesters rappelled off the rig and got into inflatable boats before returning to a Greenpeace ship stationed nearby...

Gene Johnson | Associated Press,Yereth Rosen

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