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Science Must Guide Offshore Arctic Conservation, Development:

Science Must Guide Offshore Arctic Conservation, Development:

Note: This is a guest post from Marilyn Heiman, Director of the Pew Environment Group’s U.S. Arctic Program . Science, not politics, needs to guide decision-making in America’s extreme, remote, and fragile Arctic Ocean. If we are to avoid irreparable harm to an ecosystem found nowhere else in the country, we need to develop a comprehensive research and monitoring plan and set aside significant areas for protection. In August, the Obama administration granted tentative approval for industry to drill four exploratory wells over the next two years in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s northern coast. Earlier this month, federal officials affirmed a 2008 oil and gas lease sale that could open to development a vast area located in the even more remote Chukchi Sea. The two seas are home to bowhead whales, ice seals, polar bears, and other marine mammals found nowhere else in the Unit...

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