Is the U.S.-Russian rivalry playing out in the Arctic?

(Fairbanks, Ak.) An International seminar on extractive industries in the Arctic is happening at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this weekend. UAF history professor and seminar organizer Terrance Cole says it’s bringing together participants from numerous circumpolar nations to discuss the increasing focus on developing the Arctic’s largely untapped resources.

Quintillion fiber-optic project could become an Internet pipeline for remote Alaskan communities.

Ambitious project could connect remote Arctic communities to the world, through broadband.

Brian Schlumbohm, Fort Wainwright public affairs

The Army’s highest-ranking soldier in Alaska says the military trains here so it can operate in the Arctic, which he calls one of the world’s most difficult environments. And Major General Mike Shields says it’s becoming more complex with climate change.

Fairbanks, AK - Two years ago, one biologist set out to try and count the number of shorebirds that migrate to and from Alaska each summer. The data collected in conjunction with the National Park Service the will help wildlife managers track bird reproduction and survival rates. It may also be useful as off shore oil and gas development moves ahead.

It’s not quite clear how many birds flew north to Alaska this summer, or any other summer prior.

Anthony R. Fiorillo and Ron Tykoski / Fiorillo AR, Tykoski RS (2014) A Diminutive New Tyrannosaur from the Top of the World. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91287. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091287

Fairbanks, AK - Most of the field work that will happen in Alaska this summer has wrapped up and scientists are now hard at work preparing samples for study and analyzing data.  Some of those field-collected samples include the remains of dinosaurs from the North Slope.

Somewhere between 100 and 70 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed a region of Alaska stretching from Denali to the North Slope. “In 2006, we worked on a quarry…" s ays Anthony Fiorillo.  He's the Curator of Earth Sciences at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas Texas.

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Fairbanks, AK - America’s birds are in trouble. That’s according to two reports out earlier this month from the National Audubon Society and the Department of Interior.  Both documents indicate climate change could have dire effects for many of the birds that migrate to Alaska each year.

Chris Larsen/University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska’s glaciers are shrinking faster than scientists had thought, but glaciers that terminate in the ocean may be relatively resilient to climate change in comparison to their land-locked counterparts.  The data comes from a multi-year airborne survey conducted by NASA.

Fairbanks, AK  - Scientists have long believed melting permafrost emits large amounts of carbon-rich greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide to the atmosphere resulting in a warming climate.  But a new study published online by the journal Nature indicates ancient lakes that formed after permafrost fin the Arctic first melted roughly ten thousand years ago may in fact have a net climate cooling effect over long time scales.  The the study also increases the total amount of carbon estimated in the frozen soils of the Far North by more than 50 percent.