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Rising seas, peat may have done in large ice age animals

ANCHORAGE - Woolly mammoths and other large ice age mammals thrived in northern Alaska until environmental changes turned grasslands into peat and rising sea levels submerged the Bering Land Bridge, cutting off their access to Asia, according to a research paper published Monday.Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of California studied bones of ice age horses, steppe bison, mammoths and other animals to determine why they died out in what's now Arctic Alaska.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-11-02/rising-seas-peat-may-have-done-in-la
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Interior Department curbs future Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE - Three weeks after Royal Dutch Shell announced it was walking away from exploratory drilling in U.S. Arctic waters, the Obama administration has taken steps to keep drill rigs out of Alaska's northern ocean for a decade or more.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-10-17/interior-department-curbs-future-arc
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Shell says it will cease Alaska offshore Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work. The announcement was a huge blow to Shell, which was counting on offshore drilling in Alaska to help it drive future revenue. Environmentalists, however, had tried repeatedly to block the project, and welcome the news.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-09-27/shell-says-it-will-cease-alaska-offs
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New duck-billed dinosaur found in Alaska, researchers say

ANCHORAGE - Fossils from a unique plant-eating dinosaur found in the high Arctic of Alaska may change how scientists view dinosaur physiology, say Alaska and Florida university researchers.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-09-22/new-duck-billed-dinosaur-found-in-al
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Emergency listing sought for Prince of Wales Island wolves

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Six conservation groups have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use an emergency endangered species listing to protect a population of southeast Alaska wolves.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-09-14/emergency-listing-sought-for-prince-
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Scientists link oil exposure to reduced survival of fish

ANCHORAGE - Federal scientists have determined that extremely low levels of crude oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez caused heart problems in embryonic fish, a conclusion that could shape how damage is assessed in other major spills.

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Shell president optimistic about Arctic offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE - The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-09-01/shell-president-optimistic-about-arc
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Walrus leaving ice, coming ashore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Pacific walrus have come ashore on the northwest coast of Alaska in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.

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Approval of Arctic drilling comes just before Obama's visit

...history."In his visit to Alaska, Obama is expected to stress the dangers of climate change. He says Alaskans are on the front lines of the problem.Associated Press writer Dan Joling in Anchorage, Alaska, contributed to this report.

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More, smaller icebergs could show up in Alaska tanker lanes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Icebergs that threaten tankers carrying oil from the trans-Alaska pipeline are likely to be smaller but more numerous over the next two decades, according to a study by a citizens oversight group.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-10-10/more-smaller-icebergs-could-show-up-
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