Climate Change

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7:34 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Sen. Mark Begich concedes race to Dan Sullivan

Sen. Mark Begich concedes, lagging by 6,211 votes with few ballots left to count

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Local News
8:17 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

10/3/14 - Without sea ice to rest upon, tens of thousands of Pacific Walrus go ashore in NW Alaska

Credit AP Photo/NOAA, Corey Accardo

Due to shrinking and disappearing sea ice caused by climate change, tens of thousands of Pacific walrus have hauled out on shore near Pt. Lay, a village in Northwest Alaska far from their feeding grounds. During a press teleconference Wednesday (Oct. 1), Joel Garlich Miller, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the haul-out of 35,000 walrus this time of year in this location is a change from the past.

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Local News
6:34 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

8/6/14 KNBA News - A Canadian tailings dam break prompts fears pollution will reach Alaskan waters

CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports a tailings dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries, according to critics who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaskan waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $888,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for research on climate change and contaminant shifts, and effects on human health in rural communities. The grant is one of six given out nationwide. The study will focus on traditional foods.

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Local News
11:27 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

7/25/14 KNBA News - U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, seek resources to meet needs as the Arctic changes

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure committee heard about growing maritime traffic in Arctic waters and the need for a heavy ice breaker for search and rescue, oil spill response, and law enforcement services.  The U.S. Coast Guard said fiscal constraints don't allow it to build an ice breaker. The Navy testified ice breaking is outside its areas of responsibility. Despite USCG studies to the contrary, Alaska Rep. Don Young said he thinks leasing an ice breaker from the private sector could be done cost effectively.

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Local News
8:20 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

6/26/14 KNBA News - A flood watch is in effect for the upper Susitna valley

A low pressure system bringing widespread steady rain has prompted a flood watch for the Upper Susitna valley and Talkeetna Mountains.

As KTOO's Casey Kelley reports, a state report highlights "severe shortcomings" in the state's housing stock when it comes to things like cost, energy efficiency and overcrowding.

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