Should an Alaska state agency be allowed to build a 211-mile road into the wilds of the Brooks Range to enable mine development in a remote part of the Arctic? That's the question a multiagency environmental review is asking of a controversial proposal to build the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project, which could open commercial opportunities for mining of copper and other mineral deposits in a now-roadless part of northwestern Alaska.
This spring, I spent close to two weeks flying over central Nunavut, peering out the window of a small plane at the rolling tundra below, looking for and counting caribou to monitor their numbers.The Qamanirjuaq barren-ground herd were arriving on their tundra calving grounds to give birth after migrating from winter ranges in the boreal forest. At times caribou dotted the landscape all the way to the horizon.
A provision to allow oil and gas exploration in a portion of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge passed the U.S. Senate as part of the Republican tax bill early Saturday morning. The controversial provision, which was added by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, survived a push in October led by Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington state Democrat, to remove it. It also required some last-minute revisions to satisfy arcane Senate procedural rules. Alaska's congressional delegation praised the provision's inclusion in the final version of the Senate bill.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new series called the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit. This series of articles focuses on individual tools practitioners can use. Our goal is to span the range of comfort levels our readers have – from simple to challenging. The toolkit will address conservation finance issues through the framework of “the Wedge,” which organizes tools according to the complexity and size of the funding opportunity.
This month Carpe Diem West’s celebrates it's tenth anniversary, and we are honored to present Climate Chaos & Local Resiliency – Water Solutions in the American West. These seven stories highlight what we know works and what we’ve been working with many of you on for ten years now: partnership, equity and smart choices.
Beaufort Sea polar bears are spending more time on land — and becoming more exposed to land-based diseases, scientists find
Polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea are spending more time on shore as Arctic sea ice diminishes — and are increasingly exposed to disease pathogens associated with land animals as a result, according to newly published research. The first documented signs of the polar bears' exposure came from measures of antibodies in the animals' blood.
The European Union should be prepared to take unilateral action to outlaw the use of highly polluting heavy fuel oils in the Arctic, the European Parliament reiterated Tuesday. Earlier this year the parliament called on the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, "to take all necessary measures" that would lead to a ban on the use and transport of HFO in vessels navigating Arctic waters.
An Italian oil company has received a permit to drill what is expected to be the first exploratory well in U.S. federal Arctic waters off Alaska since Shell abandoned its $7 billion Chukchi Sea campaign in 2015. Eni U.S. Operating Co. Inc., a subsidiary of ENI S.p.A, was granted a permit to drill a single well in the Beaufort Sea, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced Tuesday.
A controversial plan to open Alaska’s Arctic refuge using federal budget bill moves a step closer to reality
Oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge came a step closer to reality on Wednesday with conditional approval from a Senate committee. On a party-line 13-10 vote, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved legislation sponsored by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would fold approval of ANWR oil and gas leasing into the broad tax bill being considered by Congress and promoted by the Trump administration.
Politicians from around the globe are this week meeting in Bonn, Germany for talks on how to implement the Paris agreement to fight climate change. The agreement aims to limit warming of the planet to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Reaching such goal would require to keep a large proportion of existing fossil fuel reserves in the ground. Norway, however, has no plans to leave possible Barents Sea oil under ground. In its 23rd licensing round, oil companies were offered new acreage and exploration drilling has already started.