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Alaska’s Coastal Permafrost Is More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Alaska’s Coastal Permafrost Is More Vulnerable Than We Thought

Scientists have long assumed that a thick, solid mass of permafrost underpins all of Alaska like the sturdy foundation of a house, stretching from the tundra to the and below the seafloor. But in a new study published in Science Advances, scientists found that beneath the seafloor on the northeastern…

The Oil Industry Threatens Alaskan Polar Bears in Their Dens

The Oil Industry Threatens Alaskan Polar Bears in Their Dens

Pregnant polar bears enter dens when they give birth for up to eight months. The process makes bear mums super vulnerable — they fast, surviving off the fat on their bodies, and can lose up to 43% of their body weight. And in that environment, the mums must care for…