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?
When it comes to the first people arriving in the Americas during the Ice Age from Asia, Craig Childs says it is a "blank space" in the collective memory of most Americans. His newest book fills up that space with firsthand adventures and exploration.
In Alaska, climate change is melting permafrost and bringing stronger storms and rising seas that are eroding coastlines. But Alaska faces a dilemma: 90 percent of state revenues come from fossil fuel, but burning oil and gas add to global warming. What’s to be done?
In 2017, the EPA listed Kotzebue, Alaska, the most industrially polluted community in the United States — a result of millions of pounds of poisonous dust laden with heavy metals released annually from zinc and lead mining at nearby Red Dog Mine.
In 1942, there were 44 people living on Attu Island, nearly all Alaska Natives. They were taken as captives to Japan, where half of them died. And after the war, the federal government forbade them from returning.
Alaska used to be a great place to live if you have allergies as pollen counts are low on a tundra. But with climate change, n tundra giving way to flora and insects are moving in. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Jeffrey Demain, founder/director of the Alaska Allergy Asthma and Immunology Center, about climate change and allergy development.
The clean energy future Republicans describe in their platform will require big investments in renewable energy sources. Host Steve Curwood talks with Michael Hoffman, managing director for Riverstone Holdings LLC, about the Republicans' green pledges.
Fifty miles. That's about the distance separating the United States and Russia. And it's the answer to today's Geo Quiz. The World's David Leveille takes a look at an old proposal to link Siberia and mainland Alaska by tunnel.
The two islands - one American and one Russian - in the middle of the Bering Strait, are the Big and Little Diomede Islands. The World's David Leveille follows up on a recent Geo Quiz about the distance between the US and Russia.
Turkey's ruling AK party faces the possibility of being declared illegal: it's been charged with promoting an Islamist agenda that endangers the secular nature of the state, as The World's Aaron Schachter has more.
Marco Werman speaks with Alaska journalist Gregg Erickson about oil and the Republican VP choice, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Today, Senator John McCain praised Palin for her handling of tough issues like American dependence on foreign oil.