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To Preserve National Parks in a Warming World, Reconnect Fragmented Public Lands

To Preserve National Parks in a Warming World, Reconnect Fragmented Public Lands

By Stephen Nash The Trump administration’s decision to keep many U.S. national parks open during the current federal government shutdown, with few or no staff, spotlights how popular and how vulnerable these unique places are. Some states, such as Utah and Arizona, have spent heavily to keep parks open rather than lose tourist revenues. Unfortunately, […]

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    Not Enough Ice to Drill the Arctic! Offshore Oil Drilling a ‘Disaster Waiting to Happen’

    Not Enough Ice to Drill the Arctic! Offshore Oil Drilling a ‘Disaster Waiting to Happen’

    Last month, the Trump administration approved the first offshore oil drilling development in federal Arctic waters, which environmentalists fear will ramp up carbon pollution that fuels climate change. But here’s the ultimate irony: Hilcorp Alaska‘s project—which involves building a 9-acre artificial drilling island in the shallow waters of the Beaufort Sea—has been delayed because of […]

    Arctic Ship Traffic Threatens Narwhals and Other Extraordinary Animals

    Arctic Ship Traffic Threatens Narwhals and Other Extraordinary Animals

    By Donna Hauser, Harry Stern and Kristin Laidre Americans often associate fall with football and raking leaves, but in the Arctic this season is about ice. Every year, floating sea ice in the Arctic thins and melts in spring and summer, then thickens and expands in fall and winter. As climate change warms the Arctic, […]

    The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

    The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

    Results from the U.S. midterm election are mostly in, and, when it comes to what they mean for the environment, they’re a real mixed bag. On the plus side, the Democrats took the House of Representatives, which, as BBC News pointed out, means that President Donald Trump can’t pass any more major legislation without their […]

    5 Countries Control 70% of the World’s Remaining Wilderness

    5 Countries Control 70% of the World’s Remaining Wilderness

    This week began with the disturbing news that human activity has caused a 60 percent decline in wildlife since 1970. Now, a group of researchers from the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have released a stunning map showing that just five countries are home to more than 70 percent of the […]

    Sharing Knowledge and Salmon Across the Bering Sea

    Sharing Knowledge and Salmon Across the Bering Sea

    By Amy McDermott At the height of the Alaskan summer, a troupe of students hiked up the middle of a shallow creek. Undergraduates and grads from the University of Washington, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Kamchatka State Technical University in eastern Russia carried handheld clickers to count the multitudes of salmon thrashing upstream to […]

    Fast-Melting Lakes Could Increase Permafrost Emissions 118 Percent

    Fast-Melting Lakes Could Increase Permafrost Emissions 118 Percent

    Scientists may need to more than double their assessment of how much carbon dioxide and methane thawing Arctic permafrost will release into the atmosphere this century, according to a study published this month. The paper, published in Nature Communications Aug. 15, said that previous estimates for how greenhouse gasses released by thawing permafrost would contribute […]

    The Arctic Is Burning: Wildfires Rage from Sweden to Alaska

    The Arctic Is Burning: Wildfires Rage from Sweden to Alaska

    There are currently 11 wildfires blazing in the Arctic circle, The Guardian reported Wednesday. While fires are also raging in Russia, Norway and Finland, Sweden has seen the most extensive Arctic fires, which have forced four communities to evacuate, according to The Guardian. Two Italian water-bombing planes that answered Sweden’s call for help will begin […]