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
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.
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.
Northern Center's Arctic Program Director recognized for a career of environmental activism.
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.
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.
This new map shows oil industry spills in America's Arctic.
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.
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!
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.