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Shell Oil: More Drilling, Less Regulation!

5/5/2011 // By Pat Lavin

Shell Oil has proposed to drill ten exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean in 2012-13, a major expansion of an earlier proposal to drill three wells in 2011.  Citing Shell’s “world-class capabilities” and numerous safeguards in place, the company expressed optimism that […] Read more >

Bristol Bay, Alaska

Hard Rock Mines Threaten the Nation’s Waters

4/27/2011 // By Tony Turrini

Metal prices are on a tear. Both gold and silver prices recently hit all-time highs. While this is good news for investors, it should alarm anyone who cares about clean water and wildlife. That’s because these soaring prices have caused […] Read more >

The Upside-Down, Post-Deepwater Horizon World

4/22/2011 // By Pat Lavin

Historically, environmental disasters have tended to prompt introspection, learning and some level of commitment to do a better job in the future. When an oil blowout blackened the waters near Santa Barbara in 1969, the nation galvanized in its support […] Read more >

Exxon Valdez cleanup (via Flickr's JimBrickett)

The Exxon Valdez Disaster, Now In Its 22nd Year

3/24/2011 // By Miles Grant

It was 22 years ago today that, with a captain who’d been drinking and an exhausted mate at the wheel, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. But it wouldn’t quite be accurate to say this […] Read more >

Picture from ARLIS Reference/flickr

Representative Barton Defends Big Oil Yet Again

3/11/2011 // By Danielle Korpalski

In an interview with ABC this week, Representative Barton – you may recall him as the man who apologized to BP after they spilled millions of gallons of oil into the publicly owned waters of the Gulf of Mexico – […] Read more >

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Amazing Video: Up Close and Personal with Polar Bears

3/7/2011 // By Miles Grant

CBS News’ 60 Minutes last night highlighted the work of John Downer, a British filmmaker who’s using his innovative techniques to capture breathtaking pictures of polar bears. Be sure to watch the whole thing – the final minute features some […] Read more >

Jewelers Value Wildlife Over Gold

2/24/2011 // By Jim Adams

Two foreign corporations propose building the largest gold and copper mine in North America (ironically named the Pebble Mine) in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Recognizing that a mine in this fantastic area is likely to spell doom for […] Read more >

Polar bear

International Polar Bear Day: 13 Things You May Not Know about Polar Bears

2/22/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

In honor of International Polar Bear Day, which falls each year on February 27th, here are a few things about the celebrated bruin that may amaze and amuse you: The polar bear rivals the Alaska brown bear as the world’s […] Read more >

Alaska Brown Bear on Admiralty Island by April Carpenter

President’s Day: How Animals Lead

2/16/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

President’s Day weekend was set aside to honor the memory of our first president, George Washington,  celebrating his skillful leadership at the dawn of our history as a nation. Leadership and hierarchies seem to come naturally to humans, helping to […] Read more >

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

Pacific Walruses Deserve Federal Protection, Stuck In Endangered Species Limbo

2/11/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Extinction doesn’t wait, but the Pacific walrus will have to wait to receive federal protection. In a disappointing turn of events, this animal will not be joining its Arctic neighbor, the polar bear, on the endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and […] Read more >