Climate Change

New technology allows monitoriing of ocean acidification as it occurs

By Johanna Eurich, Freelance Journalist – Anchorage

Alaska's Shellfish hatcheries are worried that they may have to shut down their operations like hatcheries further south did when waters got too acidic to grow healthy shellfish. Willey Evans, a researcher with the Hakai Institute in British Columbia is working with Aleutic Pride shellfish hatchery in Seward. 

Anchorage Police Department sees spike in stolen cars

By Zacharia Hughes, APRN – Anchorage

Seventeen cars were stolen in a single 24-hour period in Anchorage, starting Monday and running through Tuesday morning.

Jennifer Castro, a spokesperson for the Anchorage Police Department said, “Majority of them were cases or scenarios where the motorist had left their key in the ignition running so that it could warm up."

Jan. 26, 2016

Lack of Funding, Equipment, and Overworked Labs Hinder Research on Changing Arctic

By Johanna Eurich

Scientists met in Anchorage Monday to try to pool their limited resources to understand what is going on in Alaska's oceans as surface waters warm and huge Fin Whales and seabirds like Murres show up dead along the coast.

Why whales died last year in the Gulf of Alaska remains a mystery because scientists could not get to the carcasses in time to study them.  The reason the seabirds are starving also remains unknown. 

In Northwest Alaska, tax increase prompts lawsuit

By the Associated Press

A world-class zinc mine operating in northwest Alaska is suing the Northwest Arctic Borough, claiming the borough has enacted an unfair severance tax. TeckAlaska claims the tax will double or triple payments by the Red Dog Mine to the borough.

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Tribes seek info on AVCP layoffs and alleged mishandling of federal funds

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

By the Associated Press

U.S. and Canadian scientists say less sea ice in the Arctic has meant more precipitation. Dartmouth College researcher Ben Kopec said 20 years of precipitation data at sites in the Canadian Arctic and the Greenland Sea show that when sea ice decreases by about 38,000 square miles, the percentage of local-sourced moisture increased by 18 percent in the Canadian Arctic.

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Sutton, Chickaloon celebrate new community health center and gathering place

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA- Anchorage

By the Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is considering granting pardons to the Fairbanks Four, who have been serving time for the 1997 death of a teenager. The pardon would be the first issued in nearly a decade.  Under state law, the governor is required to first notify the state parole board for investigative work. The board also notifies victims of certain crimes, such as domestic violence and first-degree arson.

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Alaska high school graduation rates among the lowest in the nation

KNBA News - We Are All Related Here

Dec 7, 2015

Dec. 3, 2015

We Are All Related Here

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

A Pennsylvania filmmaker had seen the many stories about climate change and looming disasters, and thought the subject was ripe for a new angle. Brian McDermott wanted to show what would be lost if no one acts to move a village to safer ground.  In the second of three stories about some of the films coming up at the Anchorage International Film Festival, we hear excerpts from the film “We Are All Related Here.”

It’s National Diabetes Month (Nov.) and the national eye institute is sharing advice to help prevent diabetic retinopathy -- the leading cause of blindness adults age 20 to 74.

Dr. Suber Huang, an opthomologist, is chair of the National Eye Health Education Program. He says certain groups are at higher risk of diabetes, iincluding American Indians, African-American and Hispanic people … as well as a growing swath of the general public.

by Johanna Eurich

Alaska Native elders say it's time to stop talking about climate change and get to work. That's the message Larry Merculieff with the Native Science Commission brought to a group meeting in Anchorage this weekend.

He told members of Common Ground that Alaska Natives don't see climate change  -- they see a climate crisis. He says to solve the problems people will have to change the way they think. To explain the magnitude of the problem Murkulieff quoted a white elder... Albert Einstein.

Oct. 27, 2015

Gas pipeline partner supports state buyout proposal

A TransCanada Corp. spokesman says the company respects Gov. Bill Walker's wishes to take on an increased role in a proposed natural gas project. Walker has argued a buyout would give Alaska a greater say in the project. A TransCanada  official is scheduled to appear at legislative hearings Wednesday and Thursday.

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Nome port study put on hold

By Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome

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