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Northern Alaska Environmental Center

Conserving and protecting habitats in Interior and Arctic Alaska for wildlife, culture, environmental health and future generations since 1971.


Double Trouble for Polar Bears: New Report on threats of melting Arctic Sea ice and offshore oil development

Double Trouble for Polar Bears: New Report on threats of melting Arctic Sea ice and offshore oil development

The combination of near-record Arctic sea-ice loss and continued development of oil and gas in proposed polar bear critical habitat spells double trouble for Alaska’s polar bears, according to a new report issued by the National Wildlife Federation and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. Mapping out recently proposed polar bear critical habitat relative to approved offshore oil development and recent trends in sea-ice decline, Double Trouble: Melting Arctic Sea Ice and Offshore Oil Development highlights the multiple threats facing polar bears in Alaska. To read the full report and download hi-resolution versions of the maps, visit www.nwf.org/polarbearreport.

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Alaskan Voices Project

The Alaskan Voices project consists of a series of short written testaments by Alaskan residents explaining why protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge permanently as wilderness is important to them. The written submissions will be combined with video interviews and posted on our website as well as www.youtube.com.

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Pamela A. Miller Wins Conservation Leadership Award

Pamela A. Miller Wins Conservation Leadership Award

Northern Center's Arctic Program Director recognized for a career of environmental activism.

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Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Bill Introduced

Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Bill Introduced

Today Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act (H.R. 39) for the strongest protection for the Arctic Refuge coastal plain vital to caribou, polar bears, migratory birds and subsistence livelihood and culture of local residents and the Gwich'in Nation.

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Arctic Refuge victory in U.S. Senate Committee

Arctic Refuge victory in U.S. Senate Committee

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Arctic Refuge drilling amendment (the so-called "Directional Drilling" bill) was voted down, 13 to 10. This bill would crack open the Arctic Refuge coastal plain to oil leasing and development and undermine the fundamental purposes of the refuge to preserve wilderness and wildlife.

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Oil and Gas Industry Toxic Spills 1996-2008 Map

Oil and Gas Industry Toxic Spills 1996-2008 Map

This new map shows oil industry spills in America's Arctic.

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Northern Alaska Environmental Center Comments on Aqqaluk dsEIS, February 3, 2009.

Northern Alaska Environmental Center Comments on Aqqaluk dsEIS, February 3, 2009.

By this letter, the Northern Alaska Environmental Center (NAEC) submitted comments on behalf of the Center for Water Advocacy,and the Center for Biological Diversity concerning the reissuance of the NPDES permit (AK 003865-2) and the dsEIS for the Aqqaluk Project. To the extent that the other comments do not conflict with these comments, NAEC also joins in the comments made by the Trustees for Alaska, the Center for Science in Public Participation, and the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment.

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NAEC Retrofit Slideshow

See the progression of our energy retrofit through this slideshow. It was a summer process completed by dedicated volunteers. This process can be achieved by anyone - and the results are worth it!

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Alaskans Welcome Enforcement of Clean Air & Water laws in Prudhoe Bay

The Obama Administration took strong action to enforce the nation’s clean air and clean water laws resulting from BP’s largest crude oil spill in Alaska’s North Slope oil fields.

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