Alaska's Energy Desk

Alaska's Energy Desk is a team of six reporters covering energy and environment in Alaska. We produce in-depth enterprise reporting for radio, video and web. The team is a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska and supported with a grant from CPB.

A ballot initiative aimed at protecting salmon habitat is facing stiff opposition from industry groups, unions and Native corporations in Alaska. That opposition was on full display at an Anchorage hearing on the measure this week. Listen now

This season, it seems like more bears have been spotted around Juneau scavenging for food, and scientists think they know why. Listen now

“It’s an area that I and some other colleagues have started thinking about: can you get methane forming in terrestrial environments? But it’s a very new area of science,” carbon scientist Katey Walter Anthony said. Listen now

An army of citizen scientists assembled along Turnagain Arm Saturday to count endangered belugas near Anchorage. Listen now

The controversial initiative, which was announced in August, is up against a November deadline. Listen now

In an interview last month, Balash describee what he called a “really difficult management challenge” with Fish and Wildlife Service employees. He said during a recent meeting with the agency in Alaska, he felt employees weren’t eager to carry out the new law. Listen now

For more than two decades, the Pribilof Islands have had a rat prevention program to keep the island rat-free. During that time, six rats have been killed near the docks, but now one is at large. Listen now

Officials issued an apology for the consequences of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibited the spring and summer harvests of migratory birds and their eggs during the 1960s and 1970s. Listen now

Imagine a wave as tall as the ConocoPhillips building in downtown Anchorage. It happened just three years ago in Southeast Alaska. A new scientific paper makes the case that climate change could increase the likelihood of these events. Listen now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZJKwmx_jgs A new exhibit at the Anchorage museum lets visitors experience a northern Alaska phenomenon called a Pingo -- a permafrost mound. The sculpture combines...

Charlie Chang worked with Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, whose district includes parts of the Muldoon neighborhood and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Listen now

The International Whaling Commission voted to change the way that subsistence hunt quotas are set. Listen now

The Alaska Public Offices Commission says the group violated a rule that requires an organization fighting an initiative to clearly state its opposition in its name. Listen now

In Alaska, oil companies are already seeing the consequences of climate change. But the industry is also grappling with the issue on a much higher level — in a way that could eventually affect whether or not they pursue projects in the Arctic. Listen now

Agreement links Point Thompson production requirements to deal on Alaska LNG project. Listen now

The goal is to completely map the seafloor by the year 2030 and three Alaska companies are pitching in. Listen now
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The company says it won’t let budget cuts jeopardize the pipeline’s safe operations, since there’s no other way to move oil off the North Slope. Meanwhile, a citizens watchdog group in Valdez says it will seek more information about the company’s reorganization. Listen now

The governor’s office is requesting applications from Alaska Native regional corporations and tribes, local governments, environmental groups, and interests from tourism, mining, energy, timber and fishing. Listen now

Emergency Manager Heather Seeman says she’s concerned about the storm season ahead. Listen now

Former Alaska AG Gregg Renkes has a new job at the Interior Department, signaling a change of direction for him and the Office of Policy Analysis. Listen now