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Arctic Indigenous Voices made a difference on polar shipping in 2018 – and 2019 looks promising too
Arctic Indigenous Voices made a difference on polar shipping in 2018 – and 2019 looks promising too

It’s not every day that elder Alaska Natives are heard and respected by leaders from around the world.

I went Dungeness crabbing in Washington for the first time this fall. Here’s why I’m concerned about increased shipping from Trans Mountain pipeline.
I went Dungeness crabbing in Washington for the first time this fall. Here’s why I’m concerned about increased shipping from Trans Mountain pipeline.

We would see an estimated 700% increase in shipping traffic in the Salish Sea. With it would come increased risks to fishing families, coastal communities and our marine wildlife.

As history and records are set in 2018, the world must listen to Arctic Indigenous Peoples at IMO
As history and records are set in 2018, the world must listen to Arctic Indigenous Peoples at IMO

Pollution threats from HFO tie into the very fiber of our lives — affecting our access to healthy wildlife for food and the quality of our lands.

The foreseeable end of vessel heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic
The foreseeable end of vessel heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic

The threat posed by heavy fuel oil in the Arctic is substantial. In fragile, ice-covered marine environments, use of this fuel by ships is a disaster waiting to happen.

IMO advances anti-pollution initiatives at MEPC 72
IMO advances anti-pollution initiatives at MEPC 72

Being part of the IMO process is integral for the health and wellbeing of our oceans. I am thankful for our partners and funders for helping to make a difference in the lives of Arctic communities, wildlife and the environment.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) advances key navigation protections for the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean
International Maritime Organization (IMO) advances key navigation protections for the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean

As someone with family and ancestral roots in the Arctic region who tries to inform their communities on such proposals, I was glad to be able to testify as a representative from Friends of the Earth.

Protect the Pacific from Trump
Protect the Pacific from Trump

The environmental, climate, health, safety and economic risks from Trump’s extreme energy agenda are numerous, but they are not the only dangers presented by expanded offshore drilling.

Arctic shipping policy: What’s wrong with this picture
Arctic shipping policy: What’s wrong with this picture

Often we hear much talk about balancing economic and environmental concerns, and this idea -- which has widespread support -- is referred to as sustainable development. One of the places on earth where there has been substantial discussion of sustainable development is the Arctic. This is because the region contains abundant natural resources, such as oil, gas and minerals, that companies and governments are seeking to exploit. The region, as well, is seeing increasing amounts…

Great expectations: United States to lead Arctic Council
Great expectations: United States to lead Arctic Council

On April 24, at the Ministerial meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut, the United States will chair the Arctic Council, taking over from Canada. The last time the U.S. held the gavel at the Council -- a high-level intergovernmental forum composed of eight nations and six native organizations focused on sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic region -- was 2000. Much has transpired in the Arctic in the time since the U.S. last chaired the…

Decreasing Arctic sea ice makes way for shipping and unchecked pollution
Decreasing Arctic sea ice makes way for shipping and unchecked pollution

May 2014 marked the third lowest May Arctic sea ice extent on satellite record, totaling 4.93 million square miles. The sea ice remains 235,500 square miles below the 1981-2010 average. According to the fifth IPCC report on climate change, by 2050 there may be as many as 125 days during the summer of sea ice-free conditions in the Arctic. This would allow for reliable shipping passage through previously inaccessible areas and a quicker…