Environment

Since the mid-20th century, Alaska and the Arctic have been warming about twice as fast as the global rate. Over the past five decades, average Alaska temperatures have increased by 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with the increases most pronounced in winter -- a change noticed by Native elders decades ago. 

 

Yereth Rosen
Top British Columbia mining regulators this week have been trying to improve relations with Alaska that have been strained by several controversial mines and are even talking about cleanup of a B.C. mine that's been polluting Taku Inlet for decades.Pat Forgey
Canadian mine regulators have given environmental approval to a new mine that drains into Alaska's Misty Fjords National Monument, but unique attributes of the Brucejack Mine mean it has not raised the same concerns as several other transboundary mines.Pat Forgey
Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan hammered federal officials over national wetland protections they say hamper development in Alaska during a rare Senate oversight hearing in Wasilla Monday.Zaz Hollander
A 30,000-gallon diesel spill near Sitka's port on Saturday sent an estimated 2,500 gallons through Sitka's storm drain system to Sitka Sound when a valve on a secondary containment area failed at a borough power plant. Sean Doogan
The specter of the Mount Polley mine breach a year ago looms with five open-pit mines at various stages of completion in British Columbia -- mines located near rivers that flow into Alaska.  Steve Quinn
A magnitude 3.7 quake was felt in Anchorage, Eagle River and Wasilla just after 3 a.m. Friday. There were no immediate reports of damage.Alaska Dispatch News
Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, just back from Washington, D.C., said Southeast residents' hopes for help from the U.S. State Department in dealing with Canada are unlikely to be realized.Pat Forgey
A state financial audit details questionable spending by the old Newtok Traditional Council for an evacuation center, including double billings, an unsupported advance, retroactive pay and a lump sum paid to the chief executive of a tribal nonprofit corporation.Lisa Demer

Newtok doesn’t intend to lose itself to the creep of climate change. Of more than two dozen threatened Alaska villages, Newtok is the one farthest along in efforts to relocate to new, higher ground.

Loren Holmes,Lisa Demer