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‘Critical habitat’ set aside in Alaska for polar bears

The setting aside of 187,000 square miles in Alaska as 'critical habitat' for polar bears could have an impact on oil and gas drilling, federal and environmental officials said Wednesday.
"Polar bears are slipping away," said Andrew Wetzler, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's land and wildlife program. "But we know that there are crucial protections that can keep them around. Today's designation is a start, especially in warding off ill-considered oil and gas development in America's most important polar bear habitat."
- Andrew Wetzler, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's land and wildlife program

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‘Critical habitat’ set aside in Alaska for polar bears

Source: CNN, Wed November 24, 2010
The setting aside of 187,000 square miles in Alaska as 'critical habitat' for polar bears could have an impact on oil and gas drilling, federal and environmental officials said Wednesday.

Obama pledges new relationship with Native Americans

Source: CNN, Fri November 06, 2009
President Obama said Thursday that the federal government was guilty of mistreating Native Americans in the past and promised to forge a new relationship between the federal government and tribal leaders.

Polar Express - Polar Bear Habitat to be Protected

Source: Reuters, Fri October 23, 2009
A vast swath of icy sea, barrier islands and coastal land on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope will be granted special protection because of its importance to the threatened polar bear, under a proposal released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Stop aerial wolf hunt: 105 congressmen sign bill

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer, Mon August 17, 2009
A new bill with 105 sponsors in Congress would for all purposes ban Alaska's "wildlife management" policy of shooting wolves from the air, a policy vocally defended by ex-Gov. Sarah Palin in her remarks on leaving office

Endangered blue whales returning to Alaska

Source: Durnago Herald, Thu June 25, 2009
Blue whales are returning to Alaska in search of food and could be re-establishing an old migration route several decades after they were nearly wiped out by commercial whalers, scientists say.

Senate Votes ‘Yes’ on Public Lands Protection Package

Source: ENS, Fri January 16, 2009
Washington, D.C., USA - The U.S. Senate today passed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act with a bipartisan vote of 73-21, ending a year-long standoff between the Democratic majority and a small group of lawmakers who blocked the conservation measures.

Bombs away!—innovative concept of planting tree saplings

Source: BNET, Sun August 31, 2008
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - What's the fastest way to plant a forest? Grab a plane and drop bombs. No, not the explosive kind, but a bomb even a mom could love -- tree bombs!

Humpbacks make a comeback in Pacific

Source: CBC, Sun May 25, 2008
Northern Pacific Ocean - Humpback whales appear to be returning from the brink of extinction in the North Pacific Ocean, a new study shows.

Jewelers shun gold from proposed Alaska mine

Source: MSNBC, Wed February 13, 2008
Anchorage, Alaska, USA - Five of the nation's leading jewelers have sworn off gold that could someday come from the proposed Pebble Mine, a huge deposit near the world's most productive wild sockeye salmon stream.

Unhooked: Fishing fleets to help albatross

Source: MSNBC, Sat February 09, 2008
Anchorage, Alaska, USA - Albatross looking for a free meal on the high seas often pay the price of being killed or injured going after baited hooks ... Now, fishing fleets around the world have agreed to use measures to prevent hooking albatross and other seabirds whose numbers are declining.

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