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Obama Administration Moves to Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/obama-administration-moves-to-protect-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.cfm

Agency press release with summary of plans to protect some 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northern Alaska from development.  From the Interior Department

 

Evaluating and Ranking Threats to the Long-Term Persistence of Polar Bears

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Environment

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1254/pdf/ofr2014-1254.pdf

Uses new models to forecast the future status of polar bears worldwide and new information on actual and predicted polar sea ice loss to evaluate the threats and plan management actions to mitigate the threats in four ecoregions.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

NASA-UCI Study Indicates Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers Appears Unstoppable

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/may/nasa-uci-study-indicates-loss-of-west-antarctic-glaciers-appears-unstoppable/

Reports results of investigation sponsored jointly  by NASA and the University of California-Irvine which determined that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will melt into the sea raising sea levels by four feet.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

 

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18136.pdf

 

Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice

 

Alaskan National Park Glaciers: Status and Trends: Fourth Progress Report

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

http://irmafiles.nps.gov/reference/holding/489332

Presents results from mapping of all glacier extents and from measurements of surface elevation change for Alaskan glaciers.  Discovered that glaciers decreased 5% to 11% from 1950/51 to 2005/07.  From the National Park Service

 

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Natural Resources

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/nat_arctic_strategy.pdf

Proposes a strategy for taking advantage of emerging economic opportunities in the warming Arctic region while working with other nations to protect the environment and promote peace.  From the White House

 

Arctic Strategy

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Defense/Military,Energy,Environment,Homeland Security,Natural Resources

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2013_Arctic_Strategy.pdf

The ice is melting and the mineral resources are becoming more available for exploitation.  This document presents the U.S. strategy for maintaining stability and security in the arctic in a warming world.  From the Defense Department

 

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