In response to the Biden administration’s approval of the controversial Willow oil project in Alaska’s Western Arctic on March 13, today nonprofit public interest organization Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of conservation groups the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council, […]
Mary Peltola (Yup’ik) will be the first Alaska Native to represent the state in Congress. Peltola, a Democrat, beat Sarah Palin, a former small-town mayor, in a special election to fill Alaska’s open House seat, state election officials announced Wednesday.
The Biden administration has taken a major step on a proposed oil drilling project in Alaska’s North Slope by releasing a draft of an environmental impact statement (EIS), much to the dismay of climate advocates, CNN reported. The ConocoPhillips project, known as Willow, would release tons of carbon dioxide emissions and spell disaster for the […]
The popular pastime of birdwatching has many healthy benefits for people and the planet, including immersion in nature — which has been shown to be beneficial for mental health — breathing fresh air, exercise, exposure to natural vitamin D, socializing and building togetherness through birdwatching communities and increased appreciation for nature. There were approximately 15.23 […]
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday against 16 young Alaskans who wanted to sue the state over its climate policies. The higher court upheld the 2018 ruling of a lower court, which decided to dismiss the case, AP News reported. “I am very disappointed with what the court decided today,” lead plaintiff Summer Sagoonick, […]
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it will pursue the reversal of a Trump-era plan that would leave more than 82 percent of Alaska’s 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve (NPR-A) vulnerable to new oil drilling, The Hill reported. The BLM will instead seek to follow an Obama administration plan that allows 52 percent of the reserve to be made available for drilling.
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 […]
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 […]
By Julia Conley Conservation and climate action groups on Thursday applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement of far-reaching new protections for Alaska’s Tongass National Forest as well as a restoration of a key rule that former President Donald Trump rescinded three months before leaving office in a bid to open millions of acres to […]