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By Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The federal government will designate "critical habitat" for polar bears in the ocean off Alaska's coast, a decision that could add restrictions to future offshore petroleum exploration or drilling.
Federal officials confirm 10 polar bears, an unusually large number, have recently been seen swimming in open Alaskan waters. Arctic ice melts in the Chukchi Sea are the suspected cause of the bears swimming toward either land or more remote icebergs, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Observers flying over Alaska's northwest coast spotted nine polar bears in one day swimming in the open ocean. Warming conditions are forcing bears to make riskier, long-distance swims to stable sea ice or land.
By Anonymous When a town is in danger of disappearing, what course of action can it take? The town of Kivalina, Alaska, has decided to get reparations, by suing two dozen oil, power, and coal companies that it claims have brought about climatic changes that are threatening its existence.
In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, two environmental groups are demanding a reversal of regulations passed last month giving permission to oil companies working in the Chukchi Sea to disturb the polar bears and walrus that live there.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the Bush administration's decision to let oil companies unintentionally harass or harm polar bears and walruses off the northwestern Alaska coast. The lawsuit filed in U.S.
Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to search for oil and natural gas among them.
The recent ruling by U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne listing polar bears as a threatened species has indigenous Alaskans concerned they might be banned from hunting the animals they rely upon for food.
A tiny and impoverished Alaskan village of Inupiat Eskimos located in the Arctic Circle, Kivalina, filed a lawsuit March 4 against industrial corporations that emit large quantities of greenhouse gases.
On Thursday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed to get the walrus listed under the Endangered Species Act because of the potential damage to the species caused by the effects of global warming on their habitat.
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