Environment

A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters is leaving Portland, Oregon, bound for an Arctic drilling operation.Steven DuBois and Dan Joling | Associated Press
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday to keep roads out of roadless areas of Tongass National Forest, over the objections of the state and timber industry. Pat Forgey
The voluntary guidelines issued Wednesday aim to protect harbor seals resting on floating ice in Alaska's much-visited glacial fjords.Yereth Rosen
The earthquake felt across Southcentral Alaska and into the Interior was unlike any to hit Cook Inlet in decades, the Alaska Earthquake Center said Wednesday. Laurel Andrews
The initial investigation of the incident that put a gash in the Finnish icebreaker hired by Shell suggests -- but does not conclude -- that a previously uncharted Unalaska Bay shoal was to blame.Yereth Rosen
Better Alaska mapping, more understanding of mineral resources, more study of the effects of thawing permafrost and more help to Arctic communities coping with crumbling coastlines and vulnerable infrastructure are among the tasks that the U.S. Geological Survey plans in its newly released five-year Arctic strategy.Alaska Dispatch News
A scientist says researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating off Kodiak Island.Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press
Some of the largest American companies are backing President Barack Obama’s push for an international climate agreement this year, the White House announced today.Erica Martinson
Hundreds of wildfires are continually whipping across this state this summer, leaving in their wake millions of acres of charred trees and blackened earth.Chris Mooney | The Washington Post
Since the 1970s, waves in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea have grown higher and are spaced farther apart. The changes correlate with the loss of summer and fall sea ice and the expansion of open waters, the study found.Yereth Rosen