After sending salvos at President Barack Obama and federal government bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., top Republicans in the Alaska Legislature have a new focus for their ire: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle's mayor and city council, foes who they say would stymie oil development in the Arctic.
The delay in INDC pledges by the vast majority of the world's countries complicates negotiation of a global climate change agreement in Paris in December. The lag will shrink the time that other countries have to assess whether they will meet others' offers, potentially leading to a "last-minute pile-up" like the one that scuttled climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009.
As summer and autumn sea ice diminishes in the Arctic Sea, polar bears spending more time on shore have been spotted eating eggs, hunting down the nesting birds that lay them, hunting other land animals and even chewing on edible plants growing onshore. But is that enough to sustain them in an ice-scarce Arctic? No, says a new study.
The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled the first draft rules for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. If approved, they would -- among other things -- require energy companies to submit safety plans and have a separate backup rig nearby to quickly drill a relief well to handle any blowout.