Climate Change

Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA

Governor holds back $200 million in oil tax credit payments

Gov. Bill Walker has reduced by $200 million the amount available to pay for oil tax credits this fiscal year. In a letter to legislative leaders, Walker said the state will continue funding credits this year but at a slower pace until a more sustainable credit system is developed or the state financial situation improves. The new fiscal year started yesterday.


Climate change will shape U.S. Coast Guard cadets' careers more than earlier generations says President

President Obama discussed Alaska, climate change, and Arctic issues in a speech last week [May 20] at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement. He told cadets they’re part of the first generation of officers to begin their service in a world where the effects of climate change he says are so clearly upon us.

5/25/15 Public expresses frustration with Legislators

May 25, 2015

Legislators get an earful:  “stop playing”

By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

Friday for the first time since the regular session adjourned in April, a legislative committee took verbal testimony from the public.

The House Finance committee allotted three hours for input on the state operating budget, and more than 80 people spoke. The meeting opened with a series of former foster children coming to the microphone, and asking for more funding for social workers at the Office of Children’s Services.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

Over the past four days, we have brought you stories that go out into the field for an in-depth look at Alaska's rural sanitation situation - a series we call "Kick the Bucket."  We have seen how the lack of modern sanitation is linked to disease as people strain the limits of their clean water supply. And we have looked at the implications of decreasing funding and looming maintenance expenses in villages with a limited cash economy.   Today we’ll wrap up the series by trying to look into the future.

House and Senate negotiators have rejected negotiated pay increases for more than a dozen labor union contracts for the upcoming fiscal year. A conference committee on the operating budget met for the first time in days today, to close out the item on the pay increases. A companion bill to that, to repeal scheduled cost-of-living adjustments for certain state workers not covered by unions, has passed the Legislature.repeal scheduled cost-of-living adjustments for certain state workers not covered by unions, has passed the Legislature.

KNBA keeping you in tuned with Our Community! In today's segment, Danny Preston speaks with youth Sophia Astaburuaga, Vika Morozova, and Diego Joe. Recently, all 3 youth went to Juneau to speak with Governor Bill Walker about creating a climate change task force. For the proposal, the youth brought a petition over, which included over a thousand signatures from people all over Alaska. Raising awareness for the environment was the main purpose of this meeting. Coming up, AYEA is going to take a RV and drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks, making stops in various locations on the way.

The change to start to the race in Fairbanks has mushers thinking about new strategies

Here is the last in KNBA’s 5-part series on Climate Change and Alaska Natives.

As we’ll see, the effects of warming temperatures on infrastructure can be costly and sometimes dramatic.

In much of Alaska, bridges, roads, buildings, and runways have been built on permafrost. That’s soil that became frozen during ice ages from 400 to 10,000 years ago, and a few feet down is frozen rock-hard year around.

Climate change and Alaska Natives: Are federal, state agencies up to the task?

Today we’ll hear the fourth in a series of stories about climate change and Alaska Natives. As Alaskans grapple with the effects of a warming planet, they look to federal and state agencies to help with problems that are too big for an individual or even a community to tackle. But it’s not clear if statutes and regulations, and agency funding are up to the task.

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

 Climate change and Alaska Natives: Part Three

Alaskans have heard a lot about the effects climate change has had on land in the state. But new studies suggest it’s also having a big impact on the health of residents.