Economy & Environment

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is seen on Sept. 19 in Fairbanks. This portion of the pipeline, 450 miles south of Prudhoe Bay, has been transformed into a visitor pullout and is a tourist attraction. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

University of Alaska report issued to help state leaders craft energy policies as Arctic transforms

BY: - January 18, 2023

The University of Alaska has released a new report on Alaska energy issues, ranging from its history of fiscal challenges to the potential for a wide variety of renewable energy sources in the future. The report, titled “Alaska’s Changing Arctic: Energy Issues and Trends,” is the first of what is planned to be a series […]

A harbor porpoise swims in Alaska waters on July 7, 2016. DNA analysis and other information shows that Southeast Alaska's porpoises have separate populations, and the more southern population appears to be more vulnerable to bycatch. (Photo provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Alaska Fisheries Science Center)

Southeast Alaska’s porpoises have separate populations, and one may be vulnerable

BY: - January 17, 2023

There are at least two distinct populations of harbor porpoises in Southeast Alaska waters, and one of them appears to be particularly vulnerable to deaths from entanglements in commercial fishing gear, according to newly released information from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. The breakdown of Southeast Alaska’s porpoises into separate northern and southern populations […]

U.S. House GOP would make it easier for feds to give public lands away to states

BY: - January 16, 2023

U.S. House Republicans included in the new rules for the chamber they passed this month a provision meant to make it easier for Congress to give away public lands. The provision is a fairly technical piece of the 55-page rules package. It affects internal House accounting and requires that anytime Congress were to give any […]

Dave Schirokauer, Denali National Park and Preserve's science and resources team manager, and two visitors survey the landslide damage on July 21, 2022 at the park's Pretty Rocks site. The area, a high point overlooking a scenic park valley, is about midway along the park's 92-mile road. The exposed, multicolored slope had been creeping slowly over time, but acclerated warming caused big movements and, ultimately, made the road impassable at Pretty Rocks. The National Park Service has now selected a contractor to build a suspension bridge intended to allow tour buses to pass over the unstable site. (Photo provided by National Park Service)

Construction to start on bridge over landslide site in Denali National Park

BY: - January 13, 2023

A remedy is on the way to overcome a barrier to visitor movement through one of Alaska’s premier tourist attractions. But it still will take some time to happen. The National Park Service has selected a contractor to build a bridge over the halfway point of the sole road through Denali National Park and Preserve, […]

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces his new push into carbon markets at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at his Anchorage office. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz)

Alaska wants to profit by leaving timber uncut and pumping carbon underground

BY: - January 12, 2023

This article has been updated with a comment from Hilcorp. For decades, Alaska’s economy has depended on the extraction and harvest of natural resources — industries like pumping oil out of the ground, and cutting timber. Now, Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants the state to make money by leaving trees standing, and by pumping carbon […]

A gas pump is seen situated while pumping gas at a Shell gas station on April 1, 2022, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

U.S. House passes legislation barring sales of strategic reserve oil to China

BY: - January 12, 2023

U.S. House Republicans wrapped up their first week in the majority Thursday by passing with bipartisan support a bill to prohibit the Energy Department from selling the nation’s stockpile of crude oil to China or affiliated entities. The bill, written by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Washington, would prevent […]

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The moon and ice floes are seen in an Arctic night, Sept. 16, 2008, on the Beaufort Sea near Alaska. (Photo by Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon/National Ice Center)

Urban light pollution is a danger for marine ecosystems – new research

BY: - January 11, 2023

Cities are artificially lit to allow humans to make use of the night. This light pollution means that stars are often barely visible in urban skies. But reduced stargazing is not the only impact of artificial light at night. Urban development in coastal areas is increasingly exposing marine ecosystems to artificial light. This exposure is […]

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is seen on Sept. 19 in Fairbanks. This portion of the pipeline, 450 miles south of Prudhoe Bay, has been transformed into a visitor pullout and is a tourist attraction. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

More oil flowed through Trans Alaska Pipeline last year than in 2021 or 2020, operator reports

BY: - January 10, 2023

The amount of oil flowing through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System was higher in 2022 than in each of the two years prior, the system’s operator said on Tuesday. The system shipped over 176.4 million barrels of oil in the calendar year, averaging 483,415 barrels per day, said Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., the consortium that […]

A moose standing by the road in a West Anchorage neighborhood is silhouetted against the sky at sunset on April 27. A newly published study found that collisions with moose were more frequent in the few evening hours after sunset than in the dark morning hours before sunrise. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Study analyzes moose-vehicle collision risks, with results that could be used to improve road safety

BY: - January 9, 2023

Moose-vehicle collisions are a constant problem in Alaska. Each year, there are probably more than 800 such collisions in the state, though many go unreported, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates. Now a new study has quantified collisions and produced statistical analysis that might help motorists and transportation managers better plan around […]

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy, at a May 24 ceremony held at the Alaska Sustatinable Energy Conference, holds up a bill he just signed to encourage development of nuclear microreactors. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Nuclear microreactors are a solution for Alaska, not a joke

BY: - January 6, 2023

In response to Lawrence D. Weiss’ commentary published by the Alaska Beacon on Nov. 30 I will first say, “What a waste of energy and print space.”  I’m sure all his friends found humor in his musing. Equating nuclear reactors to nuclear bombs is not a reasonable consideration under any circumstance.  Right now we have […]

Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak speaks at an Anchorage news conference on Friday announcing the formation of a 17-member bipartisan majority caucus. Stevens, a Republican, will be president of the body and Republican Cathy Giessel, sitting next to him, will be majority leader. Giessel, of Anchorage, represented her Anchorage district in the past but was defeated by a more hard-line Republican in the 2020 primary, Under the ranked-choice voting system, she was returned to the seat this year. The caucus will have nine Democrats and eight Republicans, including Stevens and Giessel. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Legislative leader touts consensus approach and outlines likely priorities for Alaska Senate

BY: - January 6, 2023

As the Alaska Legislature’s 2023 session approaches, a state Senate leader on Thursday highlighted the potential benefits of that body’s newly formed bipartisan majority coalition. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Cathy Giessel said the nine Democrats and eight Republican in the coalition have shared values. “This coalition formed with a goal, and that is working together […]

Alaska’s population rose slightly in 2022, but more people continue to leave than arrive

BY: - January 5, 2023

Alaska’s population rose in 2022 according to new estimates released Thursday by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, marking a second consecutive year of increases after four years of declines.  State demographers also retroactively boosted the state’s 2021 population estimate after new data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicated fewer people moved out […]