Latest Arctic News

Alaska Legislature fails to override vetoes that prompt cuts

Jul. 10, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed unaffordable. More than one-third of lawmakers missed the vote...

Correction: Norway-Fast Fox story

Jul. 10, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a story July 3 story about an arctic fox that walked more than 2,700 miles from Norway to Canada, The Associated Press reported erroneously the age of animal as roughly 2 years. The fox was less than 1 year old. A corrected version of the story, which also clarifies the date...

Arctic mission will trap scientists in ice to study climate

Jul. 3, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

BREMERHAVEN, Germany (AP) — Cranes hoist cargo onto the deck, power tools scream out and workers bustle through the maze of passageways inside the German icebreaker RV Polarstern, preparations for a yearlong voyage that organizers say is unprecedented in scale and ambition. In a couple of months, the...

Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows

Jul. 1, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern continent steadily increased from 1979 and hit a record high in 2014. But three years later, the annual average extent of Antarctic sea ice hit...

US agency seeks 'hosts' for rotting whales amid die-off

Jun. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. The number of dead whales washing ashore in...

Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia

Jun. 14, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost. The head of a wolf, which died 40,000 years ago, was discovered in the Russian Arctic region of Yakutia. Valery Plotnikov, a top researcher at the local branch of the Russian...

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

Jun. 13, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental group sued the Trump administration Thursday for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries...

Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia

Jun. 13, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost. The head of a wolf, which died 40,000 years ago, was discovered in the Russian Arctic region of Yakutia. Valery Plotnikov, a top researcher at the local branch of the Russian...

Feds to investigate spike in gray whale deaths on West Coast

May. 31, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. scientists said Friday they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches. About 70 whales have been found dead so far this year on the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the most since 2000. About five more have been...

Navy's 2nd Fleet is now operational, focused on the Arctic

May. 29, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says its newly revived 2nd Fleet now has enough staff to command ships in the increasingly competitive waters of the Arctic region. The Navy's announcement on Wednesday follows statements by President Donald Trump's administration this month that the U.S. won't stand for...