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2007-11-07 12:15:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Endangered humpback and fin whales swam hundreds of miles north of their usual habitat this summer in what environmentalists say is another sign of the effects of global warming and the shifting Arctic ecosystem. Humpbacks were spotted over the summer in the Beaufort Sea east of Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States, and last year in the Chukchi Sea, west of the Beaufort and north of the Bering Strait, said Robin Cacy, a spokeswoman for the federal...

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2006-06-20 07:35:00

By Daisuke Wakabayashi BARROW, Alaska -- As mayor of Alaska's oil-rich North Slope Borough, Edward Itta understands that developing the region's energy resources can pay for better schools and much-needed infrastructure improvements. But Itta also sees how greed for oil money can break down local Inupiat Eskimo culture and traditions that date back thousands of years and lead to drug use and other ills found in a modern society. Having to walk a fine line to balance those two forces, the...

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2006-06-09 09:00:00

By Daisuke Wakabayashi BARROW, Alaska -- At the Apugauti ceremony to celebrate the capture of a bowhead whale during the spring, the men and women of the Patkotak whaling crew serve the traditional nigliq soup made with harvested geese, rice, onions and flavored with curry powder. The salty rich broth and mikigaq -- whale meat and blubber fermented in blood -- represent the traditional menu for the ceremony and are delicacies of the Inupiat Eskimo subsistence diet which relies heavily on...

2006-04-14 04:50:00

By Guy Faulconbridge MOSCOW -- A court in Russia's remote far east ruled on Friday that a Briton trying to walk 36,000 miles around the world should be deported for breaking border rules. Former paratrooper Karl Bushby was detained on April 1 in the freezing wilds of the Chukotka peninsula after walking across the frozen Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska in the United States. The court in the settlement of Lavrentiya fined Bushby and Dimitri Kieffer, an American who helped him cross the...

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2005-09-29 00:35:00

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Sinking villages perched on thawing permafrost, an explosion of timber-chewing insect populations, record wildfires and shrinking sea ice are among the most obvious and jarring signs that Alaska is getting warmer as the global climate changes, scientists say. "We are the canary in the mine, unfortunately, and the harbinger of what is yet to come for the rest of the world," said Patricia Cochran, executive director of the Anchorage-based Alaska Native Science Commission....


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