This spring, I spent close to two weeks flying over central Nunavut, peering out the window of a small plane at the rolling tundra below, looking for and counting caribou to monitor their numbers.The Qamanirjuaq barren-ground herd were arriving on their tundra calving grounds to give birth after migrating from winter ranges in the boreal forest. At times caribou dotted the landscape all the way to the horizon.
A provision to allow oil and gas exploration in a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge passed the U.S. Senate as part of the Republican tax bill early Saturday morning. The controversial provision, which was added by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, survived a push in October led by Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington state Democrat, to remove it. It also required some last-minute revisions to satisfy arcane Senate procedural rules. Alaska's congressional delegation praised the provision's inclusion in the final version of the Senate bill.
Indigenous peoples of the world — including Inuit — left the United Nations' COP23 talks in Bonn, Germany Nov. 17 with some assurance they could play a bigger role in future UN climate meetings. "Inuit can be part of the climate solution. Inuit have the ambition to be leaders in the international climate action community," said Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in comments made Nov. 15 in Bonn at a Canadian delegation presentation.
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.
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.
If the Trump pulls US out of the Paris accords fund, some of that money should go to climate-affected Alaska villages, says Native group
Now that President Trump has announced the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, he should make good on his "America first" rhetoric by giving climate-change-impacted Alaska Native communities some of the money that would have otherwise gone to international climate fund—or so says a resolution passed by the state's largest Native organization at its annual convention.