Oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge came a step closer to reality on Wednesday with conditional approval from a Senate committee. On a party-line 13-10 vote, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved legislation sponsored by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would fold approval of ANWR oil and gas leasing into the broad tax bill being considered by Congress and promoted by the Trump administration.
The Arctic, or the High North, is the topic of an endless series of conferences. But do these conferences fill a role? Do they affect policies? PhD Candidate Beate Steinveg of the University of Tromsø conducts her research on conferences about the Arctic. Yup, that's right. With climate change, improved access and generally more attention drawn to the region, there is also an ever-increasing amount of larger and smaller conferences focusing on Arctic opportunities and challenges.
Politicians from around the globe are this week meeting in Bonn, Germany for talks on how to implement the Paris agreement to fight climate change. The agreement aims to limit warming of the planet to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Reaching such goal would require to keep a large proportion of existing fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Norway, however, has no plans to leave possible Barents Sea oil under ground. In its 23rd licensing round, oil companies were offered new acreage and exploration drilling has already started.
Scientists are increasingly confident about predictions of an ice-free Arctic in summer in the 2040s
The Arctic Ocean is expected to be virtually ice-free in late summer in the 2040s, the release of carbon from thawing permafrost is expected to add to climate warming and human activities are likely to have contributed to the increased frequency of wildfires in Alaska's boreal forests and the decrease in June snow cover at high latitudes, including Alaska.
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I couldn't find an article about the lawsuit which was filed in late October 2017, so the link below is to the complaint. The preamble in the complaint says that the parties are suing the "State of Alaska; the Governor; the Department of Environmental Conservation; the Department of Natural Resources; Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Alaska Energy Authority; and Regulatory Commission of Alaska for violations of Plaintiffs’ due process, equal protection, and Public Trust rights under the Alaska Constitution arising from Defendants’ knowing, historic, and ongoing causation of and contributions to the current climate crisis, and the abrogation of their duty to protect the atmosphere, climate system, waters, atmosphere, fish, wildlife and other crucial natural resources from the effects of greenhouse gas pollution and secure a future for Plaintiffs and Alaska’s children
Sen. Murkowski is working to restore parts of an Obama executive order on the Bering Sea that Trump overturned
When President Trump in April signed a series of executive orders that overturned Obama-era environmental protections, one initiative that was eliminated was aimed at helping safeguard the northern Bering Sea from climate-change impacts. For standing approvingly in the White House by Trump as he axed the months-old Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area — a designation that was the product of years of work by the region's leaders — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was harshly criticized by the people who had invested time and effort into creating it.
WASHINGTON — Numerous Alaskans testified Thursday before a U.S. Senate committee run by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski about what it would mean to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.
Alaska is establishing a climate change strategy to keep the state in line with carbon-reduction goals set in the 2015 Paris Accords, the state's Republican governor, Bill Walker announced on Tuesday. The Alaska Climate Change Strategy and Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team — a 15-member leadership team to be formed to help tackle problems — were launched through an administrative order that Walker signed at a Tuesday news conference in the state capital Juneau.