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    Battle to Protect 50 Million Forest Acres May Finally Be Won After 16 Years

    Battle to Protect 50 Million Forest Acres May Finally Be Won After 16 Years

    By Jessica A. Knoblauch A decades-long fight over a landmark rule protecting wild forests nationwide took another successful–and possibly final–turn last week after a U.S. district court threw out a last-ditch attack by the state of Alaska against the Roadless Rule. Adopted in the closing days of the Clinton administration, the Roadless Rule prohibits most […]

    Trump Administration Approves Exploratory Drilling in Arctic Ocean

    Trump Administration Approves Exploratory Drilling in Arctic Ocean

    The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a plan submitted by Eni US to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, setting the stage for a devastating oil spill in one of the most biologically rich areas in America’s Arctic. The company, a U.S. subsidiary of the Italian oil and gas giant, has sat on its […]

    Trump’s EPA Just Revived Controversial Pebble Mine

    Trump’s EPA Just Revived Controversial Pebble Mine

    By Taryn Kiekow Heimer If the Trump administration’s strategy is to put a foreign mining company first—and America’s greatest wild salmon fishery dead last—then sadly it’s succeeding. Friday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled a lawsuit with Northern Dynasty Minerals—the Canadian junior mining company behind the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The […]

    CO2 Emissions Soar as Alaska Heats Up

    CO2 Emissions Soar as Alaska Heats Up

    The Alaskan tundra is releasing an increasingly large amount of CO2 due to a warmer climate, new research shows. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that CO2 emitted from the tundra between October and December of each year increased more than 70 percent from 1975 to 2015, likely […]

    690,000 Contiguous Acres in Alaska May Soon Be Open to Fracking

    690,000 Contiguous Acres in Alaska May Soon Be Open to Fracking

    By Steve Horn Hydraulic fracturing’s horizontal drilling technique has enabled industry to tap otherwise difficult-to-access oil and gas in shale basins throughout the U.S. and increasingly throughout the world. And now fracking, as it’s known, could soon arrive at a new frontier: Alaska. As Bloomberg reported in March, Paul Basinski, a pioneer of fracking in […]