The US House of Representatives this week passed a bill to give foreign-flag cruise ships a temporary cabotage waiver, enabling them to operate in Alaska without a foreign stop. The legislation earlier passed in the Senate.
A major 7.5-magnitude quake off the coast of Alaska triggered small tsunami waves on Monday, US agencies said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Two adventurers have successfully crossed the Arctic Ocean on skis after persevering through brutal conditions, briefly running out of food, and struggling to traverse thin ice caused by global warming, their team said on Sunday.
British oil giant BP on Tuesday agreed to sell all its Alaskan properties for US$5.6 billion to privately held Hilcorp Energy Co, exiting a region where it operated for 60 years.
Dozens of grey whales have been found dead along the U.S. West Coast in recent weeks and some scientists believe the cause lies far to the north, in the heated-up Arctic waters off Alaska. Fifty-eight grey whales have been found stranded and dead so far this year in sites stretching from California to Alaska, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Spanish oil firm Repsol SA has announced the largest onshore oil discovery in the U.S. in three decades, a 1.2 billion barrel find on Alaska’s North Slope. Repsol has been actively exploring in Alaska since 2008 and finally hit a big one. The find came after drilling two wells with its partner, Armstrong Oil & Gas.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday is proposing a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.
Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the US capital Washington voted on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.
Scientists have photographed the largest gathering of Pacific walruses ever recorded, on a beach in northern Alaska, blaming climate change for the estimated 35,000 females and calves huddled beside the Chukchi Sea.
Royal Dutch Shell has said that it will suspend its offshore drilling program in the Arctic for the rest of 2013 in order to give time to ensure safety. The decision to pause drilling for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas off Alaska was widely expected, following a catalogue of problems last year.