More Arctic sea ice melting each summer from global warming is making it easier for ships to plot routes through the environmentally sensitive Bering Strait, and is prompting concerns among U.S. Coast Guard officials about the potential dangers of a vessel crashing and leaking oil.
Shell is walking away from oil exploration in Arctic waters north of Alaska, but it isn’t ready to close the door completely.
The Department of Homeland Security has launched a new research and development center in Alaska, looking to a future in which sophisticated algorithms will help the Coast Guard manage its Arctic responsibilities and respond to emergencies there.
Coast guard leaders from the U.S., Russia and other Arctic nations are pledging to deepen their cooperation in northern seas, where warming temperatures are opening new waterways.
Changes in the Arctic environment have brought increased attention from the international community that borders the region.
Rural Pennsylvania is both geographically and figuratively distant from the area modern global warming may be hitting the hardest — the Arctic Circle.
Just six months into the United States’ chairmanship of the Arctic Council, events have “already moved the ball forward enormously” on one of its main Arctic goals, a senior State Department official said Monday.
Citing Shell’s decision to indefinitely cancel plans to explore for oil in the Chukchi Sea after drilling an initial, unsuccessful test well, the Interior Department late Friday announced it was canceling two Arctic ocean oil lease sales scheduled for 2016 and 2017.
The U.S. reached an agreement Monday on a massive trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries that could have a major impact on Alaska seafood exports.
All eyes were on the U.S. state of Alaska last week, where a major Arctic conference was underway. The international event was called Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience, or GLACIER for short.