Biodiversity in Alaska and the Arctic
Climate change and industrial activity such as oil and gas exploration, coal extraction, and shipping are among the greatest threats to biodiversity in the Arctic. As the Arctic sea ice melts at a rapidly accelerating pace, iconic Arctic wildlife, including the threatened polar bear, endangered bowhead whale, ribbon seal, and Pacific walrus, are increasingly at risk. Alaska Natives, who depend on marine mammals and other wildlife of the Arctic Ocean for physical and cultural sustenance as have their ancestors for thousands for years, watch as their traditional way of life becomes imperiled. Pacific Environment works both in the Russian Arctic (Chukotka) and in Alaska’s Arctic and are one of the few organizations working to protect the marine biodiversity of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
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