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May 24, 2013

World: Protecting the Marine Mammal Superhighway


From: World Wildlife Fund <ecomments@wwfus.org>
Date: Thu, May 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Subject: May E-news: Protecting the Marine Mammal Superhighway

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Protecting the Marine Mammal Superhighway

Arctic
While sea ice is down, shipping and disruption are up. © Paul Nicklen/National Geographic Stock/WWF-Canada

The Bering Strait, the Arctic waterway between Russia and Alaska, is known as the "Marine Mammal Superhighway." It is also rapidly becoming a popular route for more than just polar bears, walrus, whales, and seals. As climate change melts Arctic sea ice, this waterway--like others across the region--is seeing a marked increase in shipping traffic. Because shipping can significantly affect ecosystems, WWF is taking action to ensure that development in the Arctic occurs in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

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More About the Arctic:

  • The region and its species, people, and threats
  • U.S. and other Arctic countries urged to create oil response plans
  • Take action to help protect America's Arctic from oil and gas drilling
  • Travel with WWF to experience the natural wonders of the Arctic


  • New Hope for Forests and Families in Indonesia

    Young trees in Indonesia
    Rice fields close to Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia. © Christiaan van der Hoeven/WWF-Netherlands

    On the edge of Ujung Kulon National Park--the only place in the world where the rare Javan rhino exists--you'll find Asep, a father of four, working to rehabilitate the forest. Asep didn't always have the stability he enjoys today. He fled his village in 2001 due to political unrest, leaving behind his home and rice fields--15 years of labor, lost. Today, the future looks brighter.

    Asep's story


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    U.S. Activists: Protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine

    Pebble Mine sign
    An Alaskan native protests the development of Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay. © Scott Dickerson/WWF-US

    Alaska's Bristol Bay is a national treasure. It's the ecological epicenter of the Bering Sea, which yields more than 40 percent of the wild-caught seafood produced in the U.S., and an irreplaceable stronghold for fish and wildlife. But right now its future is at risk. The largest open pit copper and gold mine in North America is proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. If developed, the mine would destroy miles of salmon streams and acres of vital salmon habitat, and would require up to 10 billion tons of toxic mine waste to be stored and monitored "in perpetuity." Urge the federal government to protect Bristol Bay from the potentially disastrous Pebble Mine.

    Take action


    Urge Secretary Kerry to Clean Up Our Skies

    Blue sky
    Sign the petition to help keep our skies clean. © Frank Parhizgar/WWF-Canada

    Carbon emissions from aviation are polluting our skies at a staggering rate. They are projected to nearly double by 2030 and continue to climb unless we can adopt new, international policies to get them under control. Secretary of State John Kerry has the opportunity later this month to slash this pollution by supporting a global agreement to reduce the aviation industry's carbon emissions. By taking a leadership role on this critical issue, he would demonstrate to the world our nation's commitment to tackling climate change in the U.S. and across the globe. U.S. Activists: Urge Secretary Kerry to support a global agreement to clean up our skies.

    Take action


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    The Hudson Bay is the best place to see polar bears in the wild. © Henry H. Holdsworth/wildbynaturegallery.com

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    Black-footed ferret
    Black-footed ferrets are solitary except during breeding season. © naturepl.com/Shattil & Rozinski/WWF-Canon

    Status: Endangered

    Basics: Black-footed ferrets are about 18 to 24 inches long and weigh up to 2.5 pounds. The ferret is entirely dependent on the presence of prairie dogs and their colonies for food, shelter and raising young.

    Threats: Black-footed ferrets are one of the most endangered mammals in North America. Habitat loss, reduced prey populations and nonnative disease threaten the recovery of the species.

    Interesting Fact: In 1987, there were only 18 black-footed ferrets left on the planet. Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, which was signed into law 40 years ago today, and decades of collaborative conservation efforts by WWF, other conservation organizations, land management agencies, tribes, landowners and other partners, the population now stands at 1,000 ferrets in the wild.

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    DO YOU KNOW?

    Do You Know?
    An elephant's trunk has many uses--picking up objects, trumpeting warnings, greeting other elephants, drinking water, smelling, bathing and more. © WWF-Canon/Carlos Drews

    The human body has more than 600 muscles. How many muscles are in an elephant's trunk?

    a.  As many as 80,000
    b.  As many as 150,000
    c.  As many as 220,000
    d.  As many as 300,000

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