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Old Arctic sea ice disappearing rapidly

Scientists with the American Geophysical Union say the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is now disappearing at twice the pace of ice in the rest of the Arctic Ocean.
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PWSRCAC: Oil contaminants in PWS, GOA at all-time low

A new study on long-term environmental impacts of operation of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.’s Valdez Marine Terminal and associated tanker traffic concludes that oil contamination in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska is at an all-time low.
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New Gwich’in campaign launched to protect Arctic refuge

A collaborative group of Indigenous people, conservationists, scientists and sportsmen have launched an advertising campaign directed at oil companies who may be considering participating in wildlife refuge lease sale in Alaska to tell them “we’re watching.”
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Federal grant will aid Sitka Tribe toxin research

A dozen new research projects to better understand and predict harmful algal blooms and improve response to them are being funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including one to expand existing research by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska.

Tanner crab among most vulnerable Eastern Bering Sea stocks

A new federal study led by NOAA Fisheries shows that Tanner crab are among the six commercial fisheries stocks most vulnerable to climate change in the Eastern Bering Sea.
A beluga whale. Photo courtesy of Yuan Yue/Unsplash.

Citizen scientists help count endangered whales

More than 1,100 citizen scientists turned out in light rain in Anchorage on Saturday, Sept. 21 to help NOAA Fisheries and others concerned about endangered beluga whales to count them at 14 scientist-manned stations along Cook Inlet.

North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970

For the first time, studies have shown pervasive losses among birds across all habitats, including backyard birds, says ornithologist Ken Rosenberg.
Short-tailed Shearwaters have a high metabolism and require large amounts of food. Their diet may include small fish, crustaceans, marine worms, jellyfish, insects and more. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Short-tailed Shearwater seabirds struggle to find enough food

Thousands of Short-tailed Shearwater seabirds have died in Alaska this summer of apparent starvation. They are likely victims of warming ocean temperatures that have impacted their ability to get enough food, say biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Warm waters across Alaska cause salmon die-offs

A school of pink salmon swim upstream in a creek at Hartney Bay on the evening of July 22. Photo...
A stand of reed canary grass grows along Cordova’s Observation Avenue. The Copper River Watershed Project has deployed herbicide to control the invasive plant, seen here on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Nonprofit defends herbicide use

The Copper River Watershed Project has faced criticism for its use of herbicide against reed canary grass, an invasive plant that has appeared around Cordova.

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Updates from CPD 01-09-2023 through 01-15-2023

The following incidents were reported to the Cordova Police Department between 01-09-2023 through 01-15-2023. Any charges reported in these press releases are...
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