Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive – study

Arctic ice loss forces polar bears to use four times as much energy to survive – study

Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic, according to scientists. Once perfectly evolved for polar life, apex predators are struggling as their habitats shrink and unique adaptations become less suited to an increasingly ice-free Arctic, researchers say. The mammals […]

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Forest Service Remove Roadless Protections for Tongass National Forest

Petition: Trump Administration Removes Roadless Protections for Tongass National Forest

TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST, ALASKA — “The Roadless Rule was one of the best protections for a climate resilient forest ecosystem—important for birds, fish, and people, now and into the future,” said Natalie Dawson, executive director, Audubon Alaska. “Removing these protections is shortsighted and irresponsible. And the entire process was done without consultation with local Tribes […]

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Trump Administration to Allow Logging in Pristine National Forest

Trump Administration to Allow Logging in Pristine National Forest

America’s largest national forest, Tongass National Forest in Alaska, will be opened up to logging and road construction after the Trump administration finalizes its plans to open up the forest on Friday, according to The New York Times. The plans to open up the forest to logging have been in the works for years. In […]

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‘There’s nowhere like it’: Alaska’s wildlife refuge fears death by drilling

‘There’s nowhere like it’: Alaska’s wildlife refuge fears death by drilling

Biologist George Schaller has traversed the Amazon rainforest, studied lions in the Serengeti and searched for rare antelope in Tibet, but for him nothing quite compares to a vast and little-known wilderness found in the north-eastern reaches of Alaska. Schaller first encountered the region in the 1950s, taking a canoe down the Colville River, a […]

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Federal Government Rolling Back Wildlife Protections to Allow Trophy Hunting on Alaska’s National Preserves and Refuge

Federal Government Rolling Back Wildlife Protections to Allow Trophy Hunting on Alaska’s National Preserves and Refuge

It’s well-known by now that the current administration has been trying to rollback much legislation that protects wildlife and the environment. They’ve been trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act and according to the New York Times, 100 environmental rules have been reversed during the administration. More recently, a former trophy hunting attorney was appointed […]

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A proposed mine in Alaska will endanger brown bears – and much more

A proposed mine in Alaska will endanger brown bears – and much more

Towering over the average human and weighing as much as a grand piano, the brown bears found in south-west Alaska are considered among the best in the world to observe as they pad around in a largely untouched wilderness of soaring mountains, pristine rivers and rocky beaches. About a third of Alaska’s 30,000 brown bears […]

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Silence is golden for whales as lockdown reduces ocean noise

Silence is golden for whales as lockdown reduces ocean noise

In cities, human lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic have offered some respite to the natural world, with clear skies and the return of wildlife to waterways. Now evidence of a drop in underwater noise pollution has led experts to predict the crisis may also be good news for whales and other sea mammals. Researchers examining […]

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Tranquil setting and a seafood meal plan: the retirement home for whales

Tranquil setting and a seafood meal plan: the retirement home for whales

More than 300 beluga whales and 60 orcas remain captive in aquariums around the world, with recent films such as Blackfish highlighting the ethics of breeding them for entertainment. The stress can be even more dire for ageing whales that are no longer able to perform for audiences but remain doomed to live out their […]

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