• Mexico Jun 1, 2019

    Feds to Investigate Spike in Gray Whale Deaths on West Coast

    U.S. scientists said Friday they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches.

  • Pacific Ocean Apr 16, 2019

    Pace of Bering Sea Changes Startles Scientists

    The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska’s northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents waves from forming and locks onto beaches, walling off villages. But not...

  • Donald Trump Apr 16, 2019

    Judge Restores Obama-Era Drilling Ban in Arctic

    President Donald Trump exceeded his authority when he reversed bans on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, a U.S. judge said in a ruling that restored the Obama-era restrictions. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in a decision late Friday threw out Trump’s executive order that overturned the bans...

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2018

    As Sea Ice Melts, Some Say Walruses Need Better Protection

    Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there’s going to be far less ice around. How well walruses cope with less sea ice is at the heart of...

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2017

    US Agency to Decide If Pacific Walrus is Threatened Species

    A federal agency faces a deadline this week to decide whether the iconic Pacific walrus will join the polar bear on the threatened species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a court settlement has until Saturday to decide whether the Pacific walrus should be put on the list because of threats to its sea ice habitat due to...

  • Donald Trump Jun 8, 2017

    Faster-Moving Sea Ice Forces Polar Bears to Use More Energy

    Rapid global warming has sped up the movement of sea ice off Alaska’s coasts, and already at-risk polar bears are paying a price, a new U.S. study says. Most sea ice moves throughout the year and the iconic white bears are on a perpetual walk to stay within their preferred habitat, said U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist George Durner, lead...

  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2016

    Obama Blocks New Oil, Gas Drilling in Arctic Ocean

    The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm marine mammals and exacerbate global warming. A five-year offshore drilling plan announced on Friday blocks planned sale of new oil and gas drilling rights in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north...

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