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
Re-Locate, a Kivalina group working to move the community threatened by coastal erosion, was one of 38 recipients -- among 1,300 applicants --  of a grant from ArtPlace America. The money will be used to integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development.Jillian Rogers
Sen. Lisa Murkowski launched a new effort Thursday to secure state revenues from offshore oil drilling and lift the ban on U.S. exports of crude oil.Erica Martinson
Bill Bennett, British Columbia's minister of energy and mines is expected to visit Alaska in August at the invitation of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Mallott visited B.C. in May to discuss trans-boundary water issues. Associated Press
Two of Canada’s northern territories, along with several of its provinces, are establishing a task force to reduce the use of diesel-generated electricity in their remote communities. Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic
The Interior Department gave Shell approval Wednesday for exploratory drilling at two sites in the Chukchi Sea, but Shell won’t be allowed to drill deep into oil-bearing zones and will face limits to avoid impacting walruses in the region.Erica Martinson
A federal judge ordered that the state of Alaska cover the legal costs of the winning side in a lawsuit over opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Lisa Demer
Sen. Lisa Murkowski released a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday with the hope that bipartisan compromise will get it to the president’s desk.Erica Martinson
The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast.Dan Joling,Kevin Freking | Associated Press
The city of Homer is filing a response to a request from Buccaneer Oil seeking the return of thousands of dollars in previous payments made to businesses.Associated Press
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