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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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Unalaskans know the island’s wind is strong — it can blow over 100 miles per hour.

Back in 2005, the city council funded a study to see if that wind could be used for power generation. The former city manager, Nancy Peterson, said that they basically concluded that it wasn’t possible because there was no technology strong enough to withstand Unalaska’s wind.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

 

 

Some Unalaskans want the city to ban single use plastic bags. Twenty-five residents met last week to strategize on how best to make their case to the city.

Mary Heimes says for a community that relies on the ocean, eliminating the bags should be a no brainer.

“You know we pull a lot of money out of the ocean in this community and we have a social responsibility to take care of the environment,” Heimes said.

Have you seen this seal?

Feb 9, 2018
Courtesy

Marine Mammal Stranding Network is in search of a yearling ringed seal in Unalaska. The seal spotted earlier this week is likely sick and/or injured and in need of care.

The seal is approximately 2 feet long and light grey with faint rings. If you see this seal, do not touch it and avoid approaching, but please call Unalaska Police Department 581-1233 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network

1-877-925-7773.

Courtesy of Washington Sea Grant

 

Native species are well adapted to living in the challenging environment of the Bering Sea, but increased shipping means there are more opportunities for invasive species to hitch a ride in. And as the waters warm, the ecosystem will become more hospitable making it easier for them to settle.

Zoologist Jesika Reimer is part of a team studying the threat.

Courtesy of Alaska Geographic Field Institute

Unalaska’s Brian Conwell has been selected as a youth ambassador to the Arctic Council.

For the next two years, he’ll represent Alaska and the Aleutian Islands at high-level meetings focused on the changing Arctic.   

KUCB’s Laura Kraegel sat down with the high school senior to learn more.

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