Last week, the Trump Administration released its National Security Strategy, a 55-page document intended to lay out the administration's strategic interests, threats, and capabilities. Since the 1980's, U.S. administrations have typically released such a strategy about once per four-year term. In releasing its NSS in December, the Trump Administration became the first to do so in its first year in office.
Government scientists just dramatically increased their estimates for how much oil Alaska’s North Slope might hold
The National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska and nearby state- and Alaska Native-owned lands on the western part of Alaska's North Slope hold much more oil than previously believed, according to a new report issued Friday by the U.S. Geological Survey. The new USGS estimate, influenced by exploration successes in the region and produced in accordance with an order from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, put the mean estimate for technically recoverable oil in those onshore areas at 8.7 billion barrels.
Congress just opened part of ANWR to oil exploration. Don’t expect the fight over drilling there to be over soon, though.
After a fight that spanned four decades, the U.S. Congress has lifted a ban on drilling for oil and gas in a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of a massive tax overhaul. The legislation was signed by President Donald Trump on Friday.
Yet while the change was hailed as significant by both backers and opponents of the measure, it could be years before oil produced in the refuge's coastal plain flows down the trans-Alaska pipeline, if it ever does. And in the meantime, the fight over drilling there is not likely to end—just to shift to different battlegrounds.
The Arctic appears to become increasingly important on the international scene, with climate change being one of the drivers and new stakeholders bringing resources and attention to the region, says Canada's new Senior Arctic Official Alison Le Claire.
The decline of Alaska's biggest caribou herd appears to have stopped, biologists studying the herd report.The Western Arctic Caribou Herd, which numbered 490,000 in 2003 but dropped to less than half that a decade later, appears to have stabilized and is showing signs of increase, state and federal biologists told an advisory panel last week.
There will be no commercial fishing in international waters of the Arctic Ocean for at least 16 years under a landmark 10-government agreement reached on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The agreement will close off the 1.1 million-square-mile international zone in the center of the ocean — an area known as the "Arctic donut hole."
This spring, I spent close to two weeks flying over central Nunavut, peering out the window of a small plane at the rolling tundra below, looking for and counting caribou to monitor their numbers.The Qamanirjuaq barren-ground herd were arriving on their tundra calving grounds to give birth after migrating from winter ranges in the boreal forest. At times caribou dotted the landscape all the way to the horizon.
A provision to allow oil and gas exploration in a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge passed the U.S. Senate as part of the Republican tax bill early Saturday morning. The controversial provision, which was added by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, survived a push in October led by Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington state Democrat, to remove it. It also required some last-minute revisions to satisfy arcane Senate procedural rules. Alaska's congressional delegation praised the provision's inclusion in the final version of the Senate bill.
Beaufort Sea polar bears are spending more time on land — and becoming more exposed to land-based diseases, scientists find
Polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea are spending more time on shore as Arctic sea ice diminishes — and are increasingly exposed to disease pathogens associated with land animals as a result, according to newly published research. The first documented signs of the polar bears' exposure came from measures of antibodies in the animals' blood.