Biden suspends Trump-era oil drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge — Natural History Wanderings

The Guardian reports The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reversing a drilling program approved by Donald Trump and reviving a political fight over a remote region that is home to polar bears and other wildlife – and a rich reserve of oil. The interior department order […]

Biden suspends Trump-era oil drilling leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge — Natural History Wanderings

Largest Critical Habitat Designation in History — Natural History Wanderings

Press Release Center for Biological Diversity Largest Critical Habitat Designation in History Would Protect 226 Million Acres for Alaska’s Ringed Seals ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Arctic ringed seals threatened by climate change today received proposed protections for more than 226 million acres of critical habitat in Alaska’s Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Ringed seals were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in […]

Largest Critical Habitat Designation in History — Natural History Wanderings

No Drilling in Alaskan Arctic Refuge  — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports A missed deadline for flights to look for polar bears means the work to locate oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is effectively killed. An Alaska Native group failed to meet a critical deadline as part of its proposal to conduct a seismic survey in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the […]

No Drilling in Alaskan Arctic Refuge  — Natural History Wanderings

Attenborough’s cliff-dying walrus convinced elite Davos influencers of a global climate emergency — polarbearscience

For the past two years, the Netflix/Attenborough ruse to blame climate change for walruses falling from a high cliff to their deaths seemed like a silly PR stunt. But it appears the film’s real purpose was to convince a far more important audience than paying Netflix customers that a global ‘climate emergency’ was going on: […]

Attenborough’s cliff-dying walrus convinced elite Davos influencers of a global climate emergency — polarbearscience

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