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    Biden Admin. Sued for Giving Big Oil Green Light to Harass Polar Bears, Walruses

    Biden Admin. Sued for Giving Big Oil Green Light to Harass Polar Bears, Walruses

    By Jessica Corbett A coalition of conservation groups sued the Biden administration on Thursday over the U.S. Department of the Interior’s recent rule allowing fossil fuel companies to harass polar bears and walruses while searching and drilling for oil and gas in the Southern Beaufort Sea. Announced last month by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

    EPA Moves to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, Blocking Major Gold Mine

    EPA Moves to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, Blocking Major Gold Mine

    By Jessica Corbett Conservationists, local tribes, and commercial fishers celebrated on Thursday the Biden administration’s move to permanently protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine and similarly destructive projects. “Placing a massive mine at the headwaters of the world’s greatest, most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery has been a terrible idea from […]

    Biden Suspends Oil Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge While Supporting Drilling Elsewhere in Alaska

    Biden Suspends Oil Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge While Supporting Drilling Elsewhere in Alaska

    The Department of the Interior on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska‘s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge until a comprehensive analysis can determine the environmental impact of drilling in the area. A review “identified defects in the underlying record of decision supporting the leases, including the lack of analysis of a reasonable range of […]

    Biden Backs Massive Alaska Drilling Project Approved Under Trump

    Biden Backs Massive Alaska Drilling Project Approved Under Trump

    By Jake Johnson The Biden administration is facing backlash from climate activists and scientists after filing a court brief Wednesday in defense of a major Trump-era Alaska drilling project that’s expected to produce up to 160,000 barrels of oil a day over a 30-year period — a plan that runs directly counter to the White […]

    Years After the Pacific Marine Heat Wave, Ecosystem Shifts Persist

    Years After the Pacific Marine Heat Wave, Ecosystem Shifts Persist

    By Hannah Thomasy From 2014 to 2016, the Gulf of Alaska experienced the worst marine heat wave of the decade. From single-celled organisms to top predators, practically no level of the ecosystem was left unscathed. During the Pacific marine heat wave, tens of thousands of dead seabirds washed up on beaches, unusually low numbers of […]

    Thawing Permafrost Is Full of Ice-Forming Particles That Could Get Into Atmosphere

    Thawing Permafrost Is Full of Ice-Forming Particles That Could Get Into Atmosphere

    By Jessie Creamean and Thomas Hill The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The Big Idea Permafrost – frozen soil in the far north – is thawing, releasing greenhouse gases and long-lost microbes. But one thing that scientists have not studied extensively is whether permafrost contains certain kinds of particles that […]

    ANWR Oil Lease Sale Is a Fail for Trump Admin

    ANWR Oil Lease Sale Is a Fail for Trump Admin

    The oil industry responded to the controversial and last-minute sale of oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with a collective ‘meh’ on Wednesday. The federal government received bids on just 11 of the 22 leasing tracts on offer, and nine of those were purchased at the legal minimum price of per acre by […]