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The University of Alaska Fairbanks is building a heat-and-power plant to replace the old facility that went into service in 1964. The new $245 million powerplant, scheduled to come online next year, will feature updated technology that’ll reduce most pollutants – but it will continue to emit  greenhouse gases blamed for warming the planet. Many on campus say that conflicts with UAF’s leadership in Arctic climate-change research.


A portent of a wetter – or drier – Arctic …


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There’s growing concern among the scientific community that President-elect Trump will reduce or eliminate support and funding for studying climate change. That includes scientists and researchers who study its impact on the Arctic.


Forecasting weather in a warming Arctic … 


The health impacts of climate change ...

Filling the gaps in Arctic science …


More than a thousand scientists and policymakers from around the world, along with organizations representing indigenous peoples, industry and other interest are converging here in Fairbanks for Arctic Science Summit Week. They’re coming to nation’s leading Arctic-research university to share the latest information on rapid changes under way in the circumpolar north.


The role of climate change in our weird winter weather …


Ocean acidity threatening the marine food web …  


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The University of Alaska Board of Regents gave their formal approval for a $4.4 million project to repurpose the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks during a regular meeting last week.  The project comes after two Japanese agencies vacated the buildings.  Their absence means a loss of funding that would otherwise pay to maintain the building.  How the university will make up the deficit remains a mystery as the UA system continues to struggle with an anticipated $12 to $14 million budget shortfall in the coming year.