National Parks Conservation Association Press Release Federal agencies tasked with protecting America’s national parks, public lands, and waterways did the opposite today by advancing the proposed 210-mile Ambler industrial mining road. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has consistently fought the proposed road and associated mining district, which threatens Alaska Native communities and the remarkable […]

via Trump Administration Sacrifices Parklands, Wildlife and Alaska Native Ways of Life for Mining Road  — Natural History Wanderings

The report on the latest population estimate for harp seals off the east coast of North America was released in late March without fanfare and therefore no media attention. This was one of the missing scientific reports mentioned in my State of the Polar Bear Report 2019 released in February (Crockford 2020): results of surveys […]

via New report: Harp seal population critical to Davis Strait polar bears is still increasing — polarbearscience

Center for Biological Diversity News Release Alexander Archipelago Wolves Need Urgent Help Following Record Killings in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest JUNEAU, Alaska― Conservation groups today called on the U.S. Forest Service to take immediate steps to protect Alexander Archipelago wolves on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest following word that 97 percent […]

via Record Wolf Killings in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest — Natural History Wanderings

The Sierra Club reports Great news — another major bank has dropped out of the shortsighted, financially foolish plan to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, announced an updated energy policy that rules out financing for new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, including the […]

via America’s Biggest Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Will Not Fund Arctic Refuge Drilling — Natural History Wanderings

Defenders of Wildlife Press Release SENATE AND HOUSE ARCTIC REFUGE WILDERNESS BILLS INTRODUCED Members of Congress Push for Wilderness Two Years After Transmittal WASHINGTON (April 4, 2017) – Today, 40 senators led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and a bipartisan group of representatives led by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick […]

via Bipartisan Support To Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — Natural History Wanderings

A link to this ‘better than expected’ news was sent by a Moseley resident. It opened an article by Bernadette Demientieff, the executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee. According to Wikipedia, the Gwichʼin are an Athabaskan-speaking First Nations people of Canada living in the northwestern part of North America, mostly above the Arctic […]

via Goldman Sachs has agreed to stop funding drilling for oil in the Arctic — ANTIDOTE TO GLOOM

Trump Admin Steps Up Pace On First Oil Lease Sale In Alaskan Arctic, Enviros Cry Foul http://bit.ly/312CIy5 From The Daily Caller Chris White | Energy Reporter The Department of the Interior is fast-tracking plans to sell oil leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Reuters reported Friday. “That lease sale will happen in 2019,” Joe […]

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EarthJustice News Release More than 400,000 people and dozens of local tribal, government, business, and national recreation groups have flooded the U.S. Forest Service with comments opposing its plan to undo safeguards that prevent clearcutting and road building in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The comment period ends Tuesday. Read more at Trump Administration Blasted for […]

via Trump Administration Blasted for Plan to Allow Old-growth Clearcutting in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest | Earthjustice — Natural History Wanderings