The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge likely has billions of gallons of oil under it and for decades has been one of the most high-profile environmental battles. Despite opposition from conservationists and Indigenous peoples, a judge allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a Jan. 6 auction of oil and gas drilling leases in the refuge.
Tyler Ivanoff, 36, of Shishmaref, Alaska, was out picking berries and gathering driftwood when he stumbled across a green bottle lying along the state's western shore early this month. It was a message in a bottle — sent from a Soviet sailor 50 years ago.
As the Arctic warms, it’s opening up a whole new economic frontier, with big opportunities for tourism, shipping and resource development, including oil and gas. But that also brings a whole new array of risks for the region and the world.
Sea ice plays a big role in keeping the earth cool, but it's disappearing fast. No one knows this better, or is more directly affected, than the Arctic's native communities, whose economy and culture are deeply interwoven with ice.
Shishmaref, Alaska, home to a tightly knit Iñpuiat community of 600 people, is ground zero for climate change in the Arctic. What happens here could foreshadow the fates of other US coastal communities. Why won't Washington pay attention?
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