Posts Categorized: Alaska

Painting for polar bears »

September is almost over, which means NOW is the time to visit Team EFA, also known as Artists Helping Animals. They’re supporting Defenders of Wildlife this month through their charity of the month program & petition signing. These EFA artists are shining a spotlight on the plight of the polar bear, an animal living at ground zero for global warming and increasingly feeling the threat of oil and gas development in their Alaskan habitat.

EPA phase-out lets toxic pesticide linger for years »

Endosulfan is a highly toxic pesticide that’s been used since the 1950s. The EPA recently took an important step to begin phasing it out, but the current proposal would allow the substance to remain in use for years.

Lack of sea ice leaves walruses stranded »

Pacific walruses usually make their residence floating on ice sheets out in the sea. But this year, the absence of tundra ice has left them crowding the beaches – up to 20,000 at one point this summer! This occurrence is so unusual, scientists are worried about the safety of the animals. Easily spooked, walruses could trample each other to death in a stampede.