Environmental stories in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Dr. F. Stuart "Terry" Chapin III, University of Alaska, Fairbanks in April 2008 presenting a seminar titled "Social-ecological Sustainability in a Changing World: Concepts and Policy Strategies to Address Climate Change in Alaska."
University of Alaska Fairbanks

One of Alaska's most senior scientists advised a largely Alaska Native audience that if they want to have an impact on climate change policy, they need to find and tell their stories. 


After decades of conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has submitted a proposal to open a subsistence hunt and a general hunt for the Emperor Goose in Alaska. An egg hunt for Cackling Canada geese could follow.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Every year mountains of things are shipped into the Yukon Kuskokwim region, much of it headed to remote communities. The result is growing mountains of trash that villages are trying to ship back out, or back-haul, so that the materials will not pollute the land and water they depend on to feed themselves. Reporter Johanna Eurich attended a unique workshop in Anchorage designed to help villages in the Delta back-haul their trash.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Members of the Mid-Lower Yukon Fish and Game Advisory Committee agreed with a proposed nonresident hunt for antlerless moose on Thursday night. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Thursday is the deadline for submitting proposals to receive funding from the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Research Initiative. Since the Initiative began in 2003, the effort has provided more than $25 million to scientists studying why salmon runs in the Arctic and YK Delta region have been declining, and what managers and fisheries can do about it. For the past six years, the Initiative has focused on Chinook, or King salmon.

Bethel water and sewer pipes.
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

An Anchorage environmental consulting firm wants to connect Alaska villages with federal and state solid waste and wastewater programs more effectively by conducting its training session entirely in the Yup'ik language. 

Christopher Garner / JBER Biologist

There is growing evidence that harmful algae blooms have widespread health impacts on everything from humans to whales. 


The north winds are blowing and it's cold; just the right combination to cool down the Northern Bering Sea.   "These strong, frigid winds out of the north, we could push ice quickly over the shelf,” said Phyllis Stabeno with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. 

David Irons / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The seabirds that died by the hundreds of thousands last winter in the Gulf of Alaska appear to be the latest victims of what they're calling "the blob," a huge body of warm ocean water that dominated North Pacific marine systems during the last few years.

Mark Leary

Little Bull has joined Mad Max and Big Miska in the tortured saga of broken down vehicles used to plow ice roads this winter.