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2008-10-07 09:00:28

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 law prohibits agencies from taking actions that may adversely modify critical habitat and interfere with polar bear recovery. That likely will affect oil and gas activity, said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of three...

2008-08-23 15:00:22

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. Such sightings were rare until 2004 but have grown more common as polar bears hunt for seals. "It's not unusual for bears to be swimming," said Susanne Miller, a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife...

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2008-08-22 06:50:00

Observers flying over Alaska's northwest coast spotted nine polar bears in one day swimming in the open ocean. Scientists say this is an increase from previous surveys that may indicate warming conditions are forcing bears to make riskier, long-distance swims to stable sea ice or land. A federal marine contractor, Science Applications International Corp, spotted the bears in the Chukchi Sea during a survey flight. The survey flight was scouting land for the Minerals Management Service in...

2008-07-12 03:00:16

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. Located about 625 miles northwest of Anchorage on a long, narrow barrier island sandwiched between the Chukchi Sea and the Kivalina River, the town of about 390 people has been watching its land slip into...

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2008-07-10 10:33:23

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. Filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment, the lawsuit hopes to overturn a ruling reached by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month which allows "incidental takes" of native animals to the region. The regulations, which are set to...

2008-07-10 09:00:41

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. District Court in Anchorage claims that federal officials violated laws designed to protect the animals and their sensitive habitat in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. "These regulations set the parameters for how oil...

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2008-06-15 00:05:00

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 Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations this week providing legal protection to seven oil companies planning to search for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off the northwestern coast of Alaska, even if "small numbers" of polar bears or Pacific walruses are incidentally harmed by their...

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2008-05-17 12:05:00

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.  Aalak Nayakik, a member of northern Alaska's Inupiat peoples who have inhabited the region for centuries, says polar bears are a staple food for his family. He also uses polar bear fur for his family's bedding. "I like to eat bear meat almost every winter, can't go without it,"...

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2008-03-19 12:00:00

KIVALINA, Alaska -- 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. Kivalina faces imminent destruction from global warming due to the melting of sea ice that formerly protected the village from coastal storms during the fall and winter. The diminished sea ice due to global warming has caused a massive erosion problem that threatens the...

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2008-02-08 00:20:00

Pacific Walruses may soon see themselves on the Endangered Species List. 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. The sea ice these animals use in the summer as a place to rest and eat is melting at an alarming rate. The creatures are also threatened by development of gas and oil near their home. The Fish and...


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