Posts Categorized: Climate Change

Beluga whale, ©NOAA

Court Takes a Stand for Marine Mammals »

In a recent court decision, a federal judge upheld the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to deny a permit to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales into the U.S. for display at the Georgia Aquarium, setting a meaningful precedent for marine mammal protection.

caribou in Denali, © Lawrence Metz

The Fantastic Fall Migration »

It’s fall in Alaska, and that means that a spectacular migration is in full swing. Each year, North American caribou undertake an epic journey from their breeding range to wintering grounds – one of the biggest large-mammal land migrations on Earth. But a changing climate and the threat of development could make this annual migration a challenge.

whale, © Brian Johns

Playing Ocean Detective »

Since May, there have been 30 reported dead whales washed up on Alaskan shores. NOAA has officially declared an Unusual Mortality Event – the term for when large numbers of dead marine mammals wash ashore and scientists can’t easily identify why.

Polar bears, © Jeannette Howard

What Will It Take To Clean Up the Arctic? »

As sea ice continues to decline, more ships are venturing further into the Arctic Ocean and it seems that an oil spill impacting wildlife is all but inevitable. If it were to happen, we want to make sure the response gives the region’s wildlife the best possible chance to survive and recover.