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An unusual mortality event, or UME, was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for ice seals in the Bering Strait region in 2019.

With hundreds of ice seal strandings last year in the Bering Sea, researchers from NOAA Fisheries plan to set sail this April to find out more information about how ice seals are doing with less sea ice, and what might be causing so many to become sick or die.

Sea ice a long ways off from Western Alaska

Nov 4, 2019

With a poor start for ice forming in northern Alaska waters this season, the latest climate forecasts predict sea ice may not reach Western Alaska until December.

Caution is urged as storms erode Bering Sea ice pack

Feb 15, 2019


Seals adapt - so far - to shrinking sea ice

Feb 11, 2019

Ice seals thought to be most affected by the disappearance of arctic sea ice seem to be doing well, according to data presented at the Alaska Marine Science Sympo

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

By the Associated Press

U.S. and Canadian scientists say less sea ice in the Arctic has meant more precipitation. Dartmouth College researcher Ben Kopec said 20 years of precipitation data at sites in the Canadian Arctic and the Greenland Sea show that when sea ice decreases by about 38,000 square miles, the percentage of local-sourced moisture increased by 18 percent in the Canadian Arctic.


Sutton, Chickaloon celebrate new community health center and gathering place

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA- Anchorage

KNBA News - We Are All Related Here

Dec 7, 2015

Dec. 3, 2015

We Are All Related Here

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA

A Pennsylvania filmmaker had seen the many stories about climate change and looming disasters, and thought the subject was ripe for a new angle. Brian McDermott wanted to show what would be lost if no one acts to move a village to safer ground.  In the second of three stories about some of the films coming up at the Anchorage International Film Festival, we hear excerpts from the film “We Are All Related Here.”

Climate change and Alaska Natives: Are federal, state agencies up to the task?

Today we’ll hear the fourth in a series of stories about climate change and Alaska Natives. As Alaskans grapple with the effects of a warming planet, they look to federal and state agencies to help with problems that are too big for an individual or even a community to tackle. But it’s not clear if statutes and regulations, and agency funding are up to the task.

Climate change and Alaska Natives: 

Shores bare of sea ice expose Kivalina to fierce fall storms

By Joaqlin Estus

Here’s the first in a series of stories on climate change and Alaska Natives. We’ll start by hearing about impacts to Kivalina, an Inupiaq village of about 400 people founded by missionaries in 1905 and located 80 miles northwest of Kotzebue.

AP Photo/NOAA, Corey Accardo

Due to shrinking and disappearing sea ice caused by climate change, tens of thousands of Pacific walrus have hauled out on shore near Pt. Lay, a village in Northwest Alaska far from their feeding grounds. During a press teleconference Wednesday (Oct. 1), Joel Garlich Miller, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the haul-out of 35,000 walrus this time of year in this location is a change from the past.

Experts discuss the need for a comprehensive, strategic approach to the Arctic

Arctic experts and policy leaders gathered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. to discuss leadership opportunities available to the United States when it assumes chairmanship of the 8-nation Arctic Council next year. As Liz Ruskin reports, discussions touched on development and the need for infrastructure, among other topics. Recommendations ranged from the lofty to the concrete.