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Gov. Bill Walker vetoed the $175,000 state grant given to the group that's been lobbying in vain to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, but that doesn't mean he's opposed to oil development there — only that it's time to find a new way, he said.Pat Forgey
The Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledges that Arctic climate change is the top threat to polar bears, but it says its ability to take action is limited to tasks that fall short of greenhouse gas restrictions. Yereth Rosen

North Slope coastal erosion rates are among worst in nation, USGS reports

July 2, 2015 - 7:20am -- krestia
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A new, comprehensive report tracks loss of northern Alaska coastline since the late 1940s. The erosion, packed into a few months a year, is some of the most dramatic in the nation, researchers say.

Organizers are seeking to show people how ordinary products like coated cooking utensils, medicines and plastics wind up sending contaminants into the sea.Radio Sweden
A new, comprehensive report tracks loss of northern Alaska coastline since the late 1940s. The erosion, packed into a few months a year, is some of the most dramatic in the nation, researchers say.Yereth Rosen
Cancer patients are much more likely to find solace in nature than in religion, a Swedish study finds. Radio Sweden
Nine countries -- the five Nordic nations, the three Baltic nations and Poland -- now make up a new front line to Russia’s “provocation and intimidation," the Center for European Policy Analysis says. YLE News
Iceland retained its usual spot, and Denmark, Finland and Canada were also in the top 10. In all, 162 nations were evaluated for degree of conflict, social safety and degree of militarization. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
The 1.1 million-square-mile international zone at the top of the Arctic is a global commons, and there is emerging international support to protect it.Mia Bennett
A regulation meant to protect Arctic walruses prohibits simultaneous operation of two drill rigs within 15 miles of each other. That means Shell's Chukchi well sites, which are clustered together, likely won't be drilled simultaneously, an Interior spokeswoman says. Yereth Rosen
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