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Science & Environment

Science and environmental reporting on news and community topics. Science coverage is occasionally provided by community members.

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For most people, the last day on the job before retiring is a celebration. But Michael Cox capped off his career at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a scathing letter to agency head Scott Pruitt.

Since 1987, Cox has worked for the EPA. Most recently he served as climate advisor for Region 10 — which covers Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

He was planning on retiring — but not like this. He says he wants the agency to be successful.

T. Keith, U.S. Geological Survey

Several small earthquakes shook the area around Bogoslof Volcano on Saturday, prompting scientists to raise its alert level to an intermediate “watch.”

Bogoslof hasn’t erupted in over a month, but officials with the Alaska Volcano Observatory say seismic activity over the weekend has increased the likelihood of another explosion.

Before going quiet last month, the eastern Aleutian volcano had erupted 37 times since mid-December.

Zoë Sobel/KUCB

 

Carlin Enlow has lived in Unalaska her entire life, all 22 years. This is the first time she’s seen a squid washed up on the beach.

“The only time I’ve seen something this big is down in the Seward Sea Life Center,” Enlow said. “They have a giant squid that I think they caught up here or washed up here.”

Enlow found out about the squid on Facebook and made her way down to the beach after 10:00 p.m.

Melissa Good/Sea Grant

The carcass of a Steller sea lion washed up this weekend in Unalaska's Morris Cove.

The dead marine mammal was an adult male, almost eight feet long, according to Melissa Good of the Alaska Sea Grant program.

Good said it's unclear why the animal died.

She found it on the beach Saturday in a moderate state of decay. 

WAISC/Sea Grant

Unalaska is hosting a regional science conference that’s slated to bring dozens of experts to the island later this month, along with new research on energy, fisheries, and climate change.

Melissa Good is one of the organizers of the four-day Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference (WAISC).

"It’s usually in Dillingham," said Good. "We’re getting a treat this year by actually bringing it to Unalaska, so local residents can be a part of it.”

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