environment
How Soon Can Oil and Gas Operations Begin In Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

The oil and gas industry is one step closer to accessing Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management released the final environmental impact statement for oil and gas drilling on the refuge’s 607,000-hectare coastal plain on Thursday. Read More >>

science
Satellite Images Show Vast Swathes of the Arctic On Fire

Vast stretches of Earth’s northern latitudes are on fire right now. Hot weather has engulfed a huge portion of the Arctic, from Alaska to Greenland to Siberia. That’s helped create conditions ripe for wildfires, including some truly massive ones burning in remote parts of the region that are being seen by satellites. Read More >>

science
Baked Alaska: Anchorage Smashes Temperature Record as Thermometer Hits 32 Degrees

This year’s U.S. Independence Day in Anchorage, Alaska, was not one its residents will soon forget as the temperature got as high as 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit), establishing a new record for the northern city. Read More >>

animals
Beadnose, the Fattest Bear of 2018, Is the Hero We Need Right Now

It is with equal parts sadness and joy that I must report that the end of Fat Bear Week is upon us and the fattest bear of them all has been decided. Read More >>

crime
Bookkeeper Caught Embezzling £535,000 After Bonehead Kid Downloads Computer Virus

A woman in the US state of Alaska was pulling off an embezzlement scheme so sly that even an IRS audit didn’t uncover the theft. But then her boss’s grandson infected granddaddy’s computer with a virus, ultimately leading to the discovery of false cheques. Read More >>

climate change
As Alaska Thaws, Everything Changes

Bitter winters still dominate life in the Alaskan interior, but a practiced eye can spot the signs of a warming climate, particularly in the ground. Beneath the rolling fields of tussock scattered just north of the Alaska Range, what was once permanently frozen is starting to thaw. The impacts could ripple across the planet. Read More >>

north korea
US Tests Alaskan Missile Defense System Following North Korea ICBM Launch

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has released video of a test conducted yesterday using a dummy missile that was launched north of Hawaii. The missile was obliterated by another missile shot from Alaska by the THAAD defence system. And it’s a not-so-subtle message to North Korea that the US is ready to shoot down any object that may threaten US airspace. Read More >>

nature
We Are All Dead Moose, Frozen Mid-Fight in Futile Combat

Brad Webster was just showing a friend around the isolated town of Unalakleet, Alaska when they stumbled on a stark example of just how brutal nature can be — two dead moose, still locked in combat, frozen in ice. Read More >>

science
Scientists Invite Conspiracy Theorists to Check Out Alleged Mind-Controlling Weather Machine

For decades, tin foil fashionistas have attributed a number of sinister happenings to the atmospheric research programme known as HAARP, including hurricanes, earthquakes and even the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia. After this week, however, it will be a lot harder to entertain those claims: On Saturday, the supposed weather-altering secret weapon is holding an open house. Read More >>

animals
BearCam is Back!

Summer is here, and it’s time for some hot bear-on-fish action. Read More >>

environment
Enormous Landslide Detected in Alaska

An extraordinarily large landslide has been discovered near Glacier Bay in southeast Alaska. Aerial photos show a snow-capped mountain with a huge chunk taken out of it—and a debris field that extends for nearly seven miles Read More >>

environment
Shell Concedes Searching for Oil Off the Alaskan Coast is a Really Bad, Really Expensive Idea

After spending $7 billion drilling for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, oil giant Shell has announced that it will cease all drilling due to “a clearly disappointing exploration outcome”. This means there might be zero drilling off Alaska’s Arctic coast in the near future.
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Watch a Totally Stunning Aerial Tour of Forests and Mountains

I’m a city person. I like buildings and bridges and streets and corners. I like angles and materials and signs and lights. But even I can let my jaw hang throughout this entire video about forests and mountains. The aerial video filmed by Earth Porn Films starts with the greenery of Alberta, Canada and transforms into the winter wonderland that is Alaska. It is truly stunning. Read More >>

locations
The Alaskan Town Living Under One Roof

An impossibly long, single-lane tunnel is your only way into Whittier, and your only way out. Make it to the other end of those dimly lit miles, and you'll find all the ingredients of a city. Except instead of a sprawling, urban centre, this town has been scaled to fit almost entirely into one lonely Alaskan tower. Read More >>