Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage

Kavitha George, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Kavitha George is Alaska Public Media’s climate change reporter. Reach her at kgeorge@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Kavitha here.
A gray-scale photo of a person in a mask, with just their eyes showing, and wearing a jacket.

Man who vandalized Alaska Jewish Museum with swastika stickers sentenced to 18 months in prison

Luke Foster, 28, was convicted on two acts of hate-motivated property damage and one drug trafficking offense.
A city street as seen from above

Anchorage’s main electric utility is proposing to raise base rates for the first time in 3 years

Chugach Electric wants to raise rates by 6%. It says it’s seen a decrease in sales and an increase in expenses due to inflation and supply chain disruptions.

Valdez presses its case to unseal Hilcorp’s finances before Alaska Supreme Court

More than three years after Hilcorp bought BP’s Alaska assets, Valdez wants assurances that Hilcorp has the money to safely maintain its operations — and clean up a potential oil spill.
water pools around houses and covers roadways

Rural Alaskans can still apply for spring flooding relief

Officials are holding in-person events to register for disaster funds next week in Kwethluk, Russian Mission and Fort Yukon.

Dunleavy says Alaska can boost fossil fuels and renewables. Clean energy advocates disagree.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says Alaska is "going to be all-in" on developing energy, from oil to wind. Critics say that plan ignores climate impacts.
the trans-Alaska pipeline

Energy leaders in Anchorage make the case for Alaska LNG pipeline — again

U.S. officials say the proposed 800-mile pipeline, long plagued by its high cost, could be a “strategic tool” for the country.
A man signs a piece of paper at a table, surrounded by men and women.

Alaska is getting into the carbon market. What does that mean for the budget – and the climate?

Lawmakers hope the sale of carbon offsets will be a new revenue source. But many of the plan’s details are yet to be determined.
A view of Eklutna Lake.

Chugach Electric board election wraps up with renewable energy at the center

The election usually passes under the radar, but this year it’s been a fierce race, with nine candidates vying to guide the future of the electric utility.
Aerial photo of a large fire burning in brown tundra

Alaska fire season begins with almost two dozen human-caused blazes

Twenty-three of the 25 fires so far this year were ignited by human activity.
A river mostly covered in ice on a sunny day with a bridge in the distance.

Your photos could help scientists predict spring floods and track climate change

UAF’s Fresh Eyes on Ice program uses photos contributed by the public to monitor river ice.
A young Yup'ik and Samoan woman wearing a kuspuk and smiling.

A young Yup’ik climate advocate is committed to centering Indigenous knowledge in science

Charitie Ropati, 21, wants to reimagine scientific research to include her traditional values, like community and collective wellbeing.
A woman sits in a field of grass

As rural communities prepare for climate change, a UAA scientist is trying to connect them with data

Dr. Micah Hahn received an EPA grant to make air quality and health data easier to access in rural Alaska.
smoke over tundra

Will heavy snow cover dampen Alaska’s fire season? Experts say don’t count on it.

Alaska fire officials brace for hotter, more intense fire seasons to come.
A sign says Anchorage School District.

Service High principal placed on administrative leave amid ‘community concerns’

The Anchorage School District says it has initiated an “investigation into community concerns” about Allen Wardlaw.

Western Alaska chum bycatch limits are moving forward — slowly

Potential new limits on the accidental catch of chum salmon by pollock trawlers are still years away from being implemented.

Alaska marine debris experts call for tighter regulation and more cleanup funding

Coordinating teams to collect and sort marine debris, plus shipping it to a landfill or recycling center is an expensive logistical nightmare.
Outside of the Alaska State Capitol

An update on Alaska’s legislative session

As with many recent sessions, discussions largely center on the state’s finances, while a number of social issues have come up as well.
Four young adults sit in chairs on stage.

Young leaders from Alaska, Canada and Greenland stress need for cultural preservation and climate adaptation

The panelists spoke at the three-day Arctic Encounter conference in downtown Anchorage that brought together leaders and organizations from around the circumpolar north.
shoppers in line

Alaska lawmakers pitch ways to close gaping budget gap from state sales tax to cutting oil tax credits

A revenue forecast released last week estimated the state has a shortfall of more than $450 million heading into the next fiscal year that starts July 1.
the Willow project

Conservation groups sue to block Biden-approved Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope

A day after President Biden approved the controversial North Slope oil development, opponents sought to stop it from moving forward.