Climate Change

Carbon Conundrum

AS THE SKY CLEARED over rain-swept Southeast Alaska one August afternoon in 2019, we flew over Prince of Wales Island to take in its lush forests. Numerous fresh clearcuts interrupted the deep green cover on the United States’ fourth largest island located at the southern end of Alaska’s massive Tongass National Forest. In some spots, stands of younger trees stretched their canopies across older, logged areas. On the whole, though, the forest here looked rich and vast.

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2010: The Year Global Warming Turned a Monstrous Corner

2010: The Year Global Warming Turned a Monstrous Corner By PAUL KOBERSTEIN When Dr. James Hansen of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration arrived in Houston to speak in December 2009, he was greeted by an angry mob, a police escort, and death threats. This was odd. Houston, the home of Mission Control, normally treats

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Reinventing what it means to be Inuit: Indigenous peoples adapt to climate change

Reinventing what it means to be Inuit: Indigenous peoples adapt to climate change nuit leader Jose A. Kusugak said that to address the impacts of climate change, it makes sense to consult with those most affected: the indigenous peoples who live in the Arctic. “Our millennia-old traditions are already being altered because of the warming

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Russian Oil Ambitions Collide with Ancient Reindeer Traditions

Russian Oil Ambitions Collide with Ancient Reindeer Traditions Russia possesses nine of the top 15 oil fields in the Arctic and enormous gas reserves, according to the USGS. The largest deposits sit in the Yenisey-Khatanga basin, the West Siberian Basin and the Laptev Sea Shelf. But drilling interests could collide with the subsistence activities in

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