Tag: arctic

Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska

Last week the EIA team was in Alaska to gather footage for an upcoming short film about the critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales. Given the total population is only about 350 individuals, the team was very lucky to enjoy many beluga sightings during their visit. In the past, the Cook Inlet population numbered about […]

Charting the Future for Cetaceans and Polar Shipping

As the Arctic continues to warm at twice the rate of the global average, it has become more accessible to industrial activities and shipping. These increasing activities pose potential risks – including a spill of heavy fuel oil (HFO) and disruption from noise – to the Arctic’s cetaceans (whales and dolphins), like the beluga whale […]

Heavy Fuel Oil: A Priority Threat to Arctic Cetaceans

The Arctic is undergoing a period of profound ecological transformation due to climate change. Sea ice melt is creating an opening for new commercial opportunities in the region, including increased ship traffic. These activities pose a major threat to Arctic cetaceans such as the beluga whale, especially the possibility of a heavy fuel oil (HFO) […]

EIA Case for Pan-Arctic Marine Protected Areas Network

As the major intergovernmental forum for the Arctic Ocean, the Arctic Council has always taken its responsibility for environmental protection seriously. Unfortunately, in spite of decades of research, the member nations of the Council have not made serious commitments to new marine protected areas. As the Arctic continues to warm, many species like the beluga […]

Lost at Sea: The urgent need to tackle marine litter

In the latest from our colleagues at EIA-UK, a new report, Lost at Sea, calls on governments, industry, retailers, and consumers to help end the appalling damage that plastic waste inflicts on marine environments. The report details how global plastics production has grown from five million tons per year in the 1960s to 299 million […]