The pattern of global wildfires varies based on the day of the week -- with considerably fewer fires globally on Sunday than on other days, a study says. It partly attributes this pattern not to anything natural about ecosystems, but rather to human behavioral patterns.Chris Mooney | The Washington Post
To better understand future sea level rise, NASA and university researchers are working together to produce models of underwater glacier valleys in Greenland.Story Hinckley
Sediment entering the ocean from melting glaciers is changing seawater -- and threatening to disrupt ecosystems on nearby seafloors.Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
Before children, before thousands of miles and broken relationships separated us, holiday meals were our oasis from the day-to-day, nourishment that brought us closer together and fortified us through good times and bad.Jill Burke
Ocean acidification, which threatens species crucial to marine food webs, is happening faster in the Arctic, Antarctic, and North Pacific oceans than elsewhere around the world, a new NOAA-led study finds.Yereth Rosen
The unexplained death of a bear cub last month in Katmai National Park and Preserve might have gone unnoticed -- if it hadn't happened in front of the camera of a popular webcam. Then, hours after a park service staff retrieved the cub's body for a necropsy, a second bear -- an adult this time -- mysteriously died as viewers looked on.Hannah Colton | KDLG
For the third time since the late 1990s, federal regulators have launched an environmental review for a plan to develop Liberty, an Arctic offshore oil field in federal waters off Alaska's North Slope that has languished without development.Yereth Rosen
A humpback whale entangled in fishing gear in Unalaska Bay ended up giving its body to art and science last week. It was towed toward town with a skiff by Qawalangin Tribe members, who plan to salvage the baleen for art projects.Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that between 36 and 56 million sockeye will return to Bristol Bay next summer, another big year even if the total comes in at the low end. Molly Dischner | Bristol Bay Times
If there were a mantra among scientists studying Alaska and its wildlife, it might be something like “Where’s the data?” Usually, either there isn’t any or it is very old or just not very good. Kathleen McCoy