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Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

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 […]

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    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 […]

    Trump Administration Sued Over ‘Outrageous Assault’ on Tongass National Forest Protections

    Trump Administration Sued Over ‘Outrageous Assault’ on Tongass National Forest Protections

    By Jessica Corbett A coalition of Indigenous groups, businesses, and conservation organizations on Wednesday sued the Trump administration over its “arbitrary and reckless” removal of roadless protections for the nearly 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest in Alaska, warning that the rollback could devastate local communities, wildlife, and the climate. Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense […]