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Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:42

Scientists and growers are in a bitter fight against citrus greening, a disease that has devastated Florida's orange and grapefruit crops. They fear that unless scientists find a cure for greening soon, it's just a matter of time before economic realities and the disease force growers out of business.

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Statistics show lower life expectancies, higher homicide rates in Canada's North

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:37
Statistics show lower life expectancies, higher homicide rates in Canada's North Life expectancies for Inuit citizens have increased over two decades, but the toll from injuries and illness continues to show up in population statistics.December 27, 2013

Kotzebue fishermen's group sues to recover money, equipment

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:36
Kotzebue fishermen's group sues to recover money, equipment The newest incarnation of Kotzebue Sound Fisheries Association, Inc. is suing Chum LLC, a for-profit that sprung up after the original nonprofit involuntarily dissolved, which it says took money and equipment that rightfully belonged to the former KSFA.December 27, 2013

Help identify the Alaska pilot or mechanic in this 1930s-era photograph

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:34
Help identify the Alaska pilot or mechanic in this 1930s-era photograph Ketchikan resident Jodie Banks would appreciate a hand in tracking down the history behind her thrift shop find.December 27, 2013

Alaska travelers leave $3,600 in TSA security bins

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:33
Alaska travelers leave $3,600 in TSA security bins A bill pending review in the U.S. Senate would stop the TSA from keeping the change when airport travelers forget to pick up coins from plastic bins at the security checkpoint -- to the tune of about $3,600 a year in Alaska alone.December 27, 2013

Appeals court reinstates charges in fishing case

Southeast Alaska News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:21

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated charges against a former state senator and others for violating conditions of their subsistence fishing permits.

A wildlife officer in August 2009 cited then-lawmaker Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, and others for catching more sockeye salmon than allowed under a subsistence fishing permit.

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Amid Political Chaos, Thailand's Army Chief Won't Rule Out Coup

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:21

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha hinted that a coup was possible amid violence in the streets between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Booking A Flight For The 'Golden Age Of Hijacking'

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:11

In the 1960s, catching a flight wasn't much of a hassle. No lines, no security screenings and no need to show ID. But the ease of travel brought with it some serious consequences.

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Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:10

North Dakota and western Canada are producing crude oil faster than rail cars and pipelines can take it to refineries. Now, one company wants to ship it by barge across the Great Lakes. That worries environmentalists, who say a 2010 tar sands oil spill near Lake Michigan has yet to be fully cleaned up.

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On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:02

As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, energy companies are hiring, adding 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012. But the hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job, twice as many as in 2009.

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The Big News Stories of 2013

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2013-12-27 13:00

One year ago Shell Oil’s drilling rig had not gone aground and changing the state’s oil tax regime was just the Governor’s dream.  Nobody expected Congress to be so gridlocked that budget sequestration would kick in, and the prospects for the Affordable Care act were not good.  A lot has changed.

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As The Lead Cools, Some See Their New Year Take Shape

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 12:58

Is that a cross? A ship with a figurehead? It's only human to wonder what the future will hold, especially on the threshold of a new year. In one German tradition, fortune-seekers drop molten lead into cold water — then it's anyone's guess what the strange shapes portend.

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Arctic Sea Ice Volume Up 50%

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2013-12-27 12:33

The volume of sea ice in the Arctic is 50 percent higher than it was last fall, satellite measurements show.

In October 2013, the European Space Agency satellite CryoSat measured 9,000 cubic kilometres of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean, said an ESA news release Monday. At the same time of year in 2012, it measured just 6,000 cubic kilometres — a record low.

The satellite, launched in 2010, is designed to measure sea ice thickness across the Arctic Ocean, allowing scientists to monitor changes in volume and not just surface coverage.

Despite the short-term rebound, sea ice volumes remain low compared to historical averages, scientists say.

“It’s estimated that there was around 20,000 cubic kilometres of Arctic sea ice each October in the early 1980s, and so today’s minimum still ranks among the lowest of the past 30 years,” said Andrew Shepherd, a co-author of the study, in a statement. Shepherd, who is a researcher at University College London, was part of a team that presented the study last week at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

Both the surface coverage and volume of Arctic sea ice are monitored by scientists as climate indicators.

In September, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Centre reported that Arctic ice cover at its summer minimum this year was 5.1 million square kilometres. That was also up 50 per cent from last year’s record low, but the sixth lowest on record. The seven lowest levels have all been recorded in the last seven years.

Coverage vs. Volume

Ice floes float in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland above the Arctic circle on July 10, 2008. The seven lowest levels of sea ice cover have all been recorded in the last seven years. Photo by Jonathan Hayward, Canadian Press.

Scientists had noticed that generally, since CryoSat was launched in 2010, Arctic sea ice volumes haven’t varied as much from year-to-year as sea ice coverage.

Because of that, they hadn’t expected an increase in volume comparable to the increase in surface coverage, said Rachel Tilling, lead author of the new study, in a statement.

“But it has been, and the reason is related to the amount of multi-year ice in the Arctic,” added Tilling, a researcher at the U.K.’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

Multi-year ice survives more than one summer without melting and is considered an indicator of “healthy” Arctic sea ice cover, the ESA reported.

About 90 per cent of the increase in sea ice volume this year is from the growth of multi-year ice, which now averages about 20 per cent or 30 centimetres thicker than last year, the release said.

Last week, the NOAA issued its annual Arctic report card, which found that Arctic temperatures in 2013 were cooler compared to the past six years, although they remained warm compared to the 20th century.

“The Arctic caught a break, if you will, in 2013,” said Martin Jefferies, the University of Alaska geophysicist who edited the report card, at the AGU conference. “But one year doesn’t change the long-term trend toward a warmer Arctic.”

With a file from The Associated Press

In My Family: I’m Happy

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Fri, 2013-12-27 12:26

Sage Worl teaches Raven how to say I’m Happy in the Tlingit language.

5 Achievements Of The 113th Congress (So Far)

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 12:06

The 113th Congress has come to be defined more by what it failed to do than what it did. But the two warring parties controlling either end of Capitol Hill managed to accomplish a few things in 2013.

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Back in the Haines newsroom/studio after a few days off for Christmas. Here's a...

Facebook Feed - Fri, 2013-12-27 11:03
Back in the Haines newsroom/studio after a few days off for Christmas. Here's a visual for your weather forecast today. It's a gale warning for the Lynn Canal. Strong winds forecasted for Skagway and less wind but light snow predicted for Haines. Stay warm!

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