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Please join us in protecting our lands, waters, and the health of Alaska Native communities. For present and future generations, we need to protect these beautiful and critical places from exploitation and extraction!   ANCSA 17(d)(1) Withdrawals Draft EIS The Bureau of Land Management is receiving public comments on the ANCSA (Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act) 17(d)(1) Withdrawals Draft Environmental Impact Statement until February 14, 2024, at 10 pm AKST. Nearly 28 million acres of “D-1 lands” across Alaska are being evaluated concerning potential impacts of removing protections by changing their withdrawn status to mineral priority status. Removing these protections ...


Differential gene expression and developmental pathologies associated with persistent organic pollutants in sentinel fish in Troutman Lake, Sivuqaq, Alaska

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are lipophilic compounds that bioaccumulate in animals and biomagnify within food webs. Many POPs are endocrine disrupting compounds that impact vertebrate development. POPs accumulate in the Arctic via global distillation and thereby impact high trophic level vertebrates as well as people who live a subsistence lifestyle. The Arctic also contains thousands of point sources of pollution, such as formerly used defense (FUD) sites. Sivuqaq (St. Lawrence Island), Alaska was used by the U.S. military during the Cold War and FUD sites on the island remain point sources of POP contamination. We examined the effects of POP exposure on ninespine stickleback (Pungitius pungitius) ...


The Realities of Chemical Recycling and the Plastic Pollution Crisis

In the midst of the global plastics pollution crisis, there has been recent growing interest in recycling technologies for plastic, including “advanced recycling” and “chemical recycling.” However, recycling processes don’t diminish the harm if the starting materials had harmful chemicals in the first place. More than 13,000 chemicals are used in plastic production, including thousands of plastics additives, as well as substances that are added unintentionally. Thousands of these chemicals are known to have dangerous properties, while the health risks of others are unknown. A recent study investigated the composition of recycled plastic pellets from 28 small-scale facilities in various ...

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