Artic Conservation
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Warming twice as fast as the global average, the Arctic is melting. Wildlife like polar bears, whales and caribou – and the people who depend on them – are facing unprecedented challenges. Polar bears live on Arctic sea ice - it provides a platform from which they can hunt, live and breed. Narwhals spend much of their lives under the sea ice, which provides them with protection from predators. Seals can spend their entire lives on the ice, finding food under and near the edge of the ice. And Northern communities have based their travel routes, their traditions and their way of life on the ice.The detention of Greenpeace activists in Russia has sparked strong reaction from governments across the world. Australia should follow suit and intervene to protect its citizen Where's the support for the jailed Arctic 30 activist Colin Russell?The detention in mid-September of Tasmanian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell has received surprisingly little attention from the Australian government. Colin was one of the 28 Greenpeace members protesting Russian Arctic drilling operations at the Prirazlomnoye oil platform.The MTA has added articulated, also known as accordion or double, buses to the Q7 line in southern Queens.In January of 2013, federal biologists established Endangered Species Act protection for two species of Alaska's arctic seals in light of scientific evidence that predicts significant loss of sea ice in the foreseeable future. The federal agency in charge of marine mammal protection, NOAA, will list the Beringia and Okhotsk populations of bearded seals, as well as the Arctic, Okhotsk, and Baltic subspecies of ringed seals as "threatened." The Ladoga subspecies of ringed seals will be listed as "endangered."Wildlife needs wilderness -- not just to survive, but also to live freely. These eco-friendly, ethically sourced artisan gifts are inspired by the natural colors, textures and tones of the arctic region's remaining wildlife. Because many species struggle to survive as humans encroach on their habitats, you might also want to consider a gift donation to one of the nonprofit organizations working to preserve and protect the precious arctic wilderness.The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP), the cornerstone program under the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna working group, is working with partners from across the Arctic to harmonize and enhance long-term freshwater monitoring efforts. These efforts are led by a Freshwater Steering Group that has developed an Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Plan to guide these efforts. The Arctic covers eight countries, including the United States. Diverse landscapes – from the sea ice to coastal wetlands, upland tundra, mountains, wide rivers and the sea itself – support abundant wildlife and many cultures. Of all of the wildlife in the Arctic, the polar bear is the most fitting icon for this region. Its amazing adaptation to life in the harsh Arctic environment makes it an impressive species.As Arctic seas undergo dramatic transformations caused by climate change, they face multiple threats. As the number of ice-free days in the Arctic Ocean grows, so does access to marine resources such as offshore oil and gas reserves. Shipping is made easier by a longer season of open water for navigation. This new industrial pressure poses the threats of potential accidents such as oil spills and shipwrecks. WWF advocates for better science and spill response technology, “no-go” zones to protect vulnerable wildlife areas, and spill prevention measures as critical steps in planning for the future of the Arctic.
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