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An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter sits on packed snow about 25 miles east of Nome, Alaska, during a search and rescue mission for three Iditarod mushers, March 20, 2020.

Alaska’s Army National Guard helped rescue 3 Iditarod sled-dog teams that went into frigid Arctic floodwaters

"The paperwork was in place, the EMTs were ready to go, and the [dog] handlers showed up in minutes, and when you're wet and freezing, minutes matter."
US and Canadian aircraft intercept two Russian Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance aircraft in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on March 9, 2020.

Russian reconnaissance planes were intercepted by US and Canadian fighters as they lurked over a submarine exercise in the Arctic

The Russian planes didn't enter US airspace, but they did linger over some US attack subs in the Arctic.
Winter in Alaska.

4 children — one only 2 years old — were lost in an Alaskan blizzard for more than 27 hours but were miraculously found alive

The children were found alive 18 miles from their home in Alaska. They had gone on a snowmobile ride, but got stuck in a blizzard.
Global average temperatures from 2015 to 2019, as compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980.

The US saw 14 billion-dollar disasters in 2019 — the world’s second-hottest year ever

"The decade that just ended is clearly the warmest decade on record," NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt said.
Crowds in the French Quarter of New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

24 destinations in North America that were ruined by tourists over the past decade

From Niagara Falls and a staircase in New York, to a pig-filled Bahamas beach, some destinations are being loved to death.
Crowds in the French Quarter of New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

24 destinations in North America that were ruined by tourists over the past decade

From Niagara Falls and a staircase in New York, to a pig-filled Bahamas beach, some destinations are being loved to death.
These photos show just how much global warming has devastated the Arctic in the 2010s.

29 photos show how climate change has ravaged the Arctic in the past decade

NOAA's Arctic Report Card warns that climate change is transforming the Arctic. These photos show its dire effects on the region so far this decade.
The only way to get to the chalet is by helicopter.

For $25,000 a night, you can rent a luxury chalet that sits on top of a glacier in a remote part of Alaska

Sheldon Chalet sits in the middle of Denali National Park and is only reachable by helicopter. It offers views of snowy peaks and the Northern Lights.
Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Russian officials, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, upon arrival at the remote Arctic islands of Franz Josef Land, Russia, March 29, 2017.

Russia is finding new islands in the Arctic, while the US is still trying to figure out how to get up there

Russia already has the world's longest Arctic coastline, and five newly discovered islands give it even more territory to work with.
A big boy.

Meet the winner of this year’s Fat Bear Week in Alaska — and the competitors she beat

To celebrate bears' impending hibernation, Katmai National Park and Preserve has a March Madness-style competition to see who has gained the most weight.