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Alexis Fitts

Alexis Fitts is a journalist whose work has appeared in Mother Jones, Salon, Wired and the San Francisco Public Press. She received her master’s from Columbia University Journalism School as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow in science and health reporting and holds a bachelor’s in English from Yale University. She is based in New York but will spend the early summer with the Barents Observer.


Content by Alexis Fitts

Though rapidly melting permafrost—which covers about 63 percent of Russia—could account for close to 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, we know very little about its effects. A soil scientist models the fallout.

A new amendment allows long established fisheries to apply for priority water rights—a rule that might ease the power of coastal Sami from their land dwelling peers. But first someone has to apply.

Record numbers of blue whales were spotted off the coast of Svalbard and Jan Mayen Island, but researchers say the increase in sightings doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in whales.

A study showing that high levels of mercury might prevent a Svalbard bird from breeding could have rippling implications for other large mammals, including humans, that live in the mercury-rich Arctic.

HAPARANDA: Despite hailing from four countries the young business owners voiced a single opinion during the Barents Reunion: The North is rich with opportunity but needs to think globally to support fledgling businesses, say Young Barents Entrepreneurs