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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...

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Federal regulators on Friday launched a 30-day clock for a verdict on Royal Dutch Shell’s Chukchi Sea exploration plan .

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management notified Shell that its plan to use two rigs to drill exploration wells in the remote Chukchi has been “deemed submitted,” meaning that it is complete. BOEM now has 30 days to approve Shell’s exploration plan, reject it or require modifications to it...

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There’s an Arctic Alaska footnote to Shell’s $69.7 billion acquisition of the BG Group : Leases covering a large amount of territory on the North Slope go along with the deal.

BG , a British company that focuses on liquefied natural gas, holds interests in leases in several undeveloped areas of Arctic Alaska...

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider making the yellow cedar the first Alaska tree to be granted Endangered Species Act protections. The conifer is afflicted by a long-term die-off linked to climate change.

The service on Thursday determined that the trees’ poor condition warrants formal study of an endangered or threatened listing. The determination responds to a listing petition submitted last year by three environmental groups and a tour company that operates in Southeast Alaska...

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