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Grim Legacy of Exxon Still Haunts Alaska
WASHINGTON - When a federal jury in Alaska in 1994 ordered Exxon to pay $5 billion to thousands of people who had their lives disrupted by the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, an appeal of the nation's largest punitive damages award was inevitable. But almost no one could have predicted the...
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Canada's Polar Bears Beset on All Sides
VANCOUVER - Melting sea ice caused by climate change and government inaction is putting polar bears at extreme risk in Canada as a species over the next 50 years, according to local environmental groups. In northern Canada and Alaska, drilling for potential oil and gas is also drawing criticism...
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Chukchi Sea Lease Sale Is a Risky Fix for Our Oil Addiction
Beyond the ritualistic pageantry of the Chukchi Sea oil and gas lease sale Wednesday in Anchorage, the event exposed a worrisome new phase in our addiction to oil. We are at the desperate stage where we are accepting more and more risk to get the next fix. The federal Minerals Management Service...
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In Senate, Questions on Protection for Alaska's Polar Bears
WASHINGTON - A decision on whether to protect Alaska's polar bears under the Endangered Species Act might not come before the government opens a major bear habitat to oil leases next week, although staff recommendations are completed, the US Fish and Wildlife Service chief said yesterday. Dale Hall...
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Bush Moves on Alaska as Backs Are Turned
Whether it's outsourcing a war in Iraq, or greasing the skids for industry buddies in Alaska, the Bush administration has made the backdoor fix its fundamental operating maxim. The nation's attention has lately been diverted to stocks' roller-coaster ride, foreclosures and falling house prices, and...
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Bush Opens Roadless Tongass National Forest to Logging
JUNEAU, Alaska - Yesterday, the Bush administration put a "for sale" sign on trees in pristine roadless areas of the Tongass rainforest in Alaska - America's largest national forest. This move by Bush officials to reverse roadless area protections parallels two others made recently in national...
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US Censors Arctic Scientists' Findings as it Prepares for Oil and Gas Auction
The United States has blocked the release of a landmark assessment of oil and gas activity in the Arctic as it prepares to sell off exploration licences for the frozen Chukchi Sea off Alaska, one of the last intact habitats of the polar bear. Scientists at the release of the censored report in...
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Alaskan Sea Drilling Plans Condemned
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The federal government will open up nearly 46,000 square miles off Alaska's northwest coast to petroleum leases next month, a decision condemned by enviromental groups that contend the industrial activity will harm northern marine mammals. The Minerals Management Agency...
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Ominous Arctic Melt Worries Experts
An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years. Greenland's ice sheet melted nearly 19 billion...
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Bleak US "Report Card" Finds Warming Arctic
WASHINGTON - A bleak "report card" on global warming's Arctic impact released on Wednesday found less ice, hotter air and dying wildlife, and stressed that what happens around the North Pole affects the entire planet. The report, issued by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,...
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