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The Inuit Future: Food Security, Economic Development, and U.S. Arctic 
Policy

Global climate change, with its resulting loss of sea ice, has opened up access to the Arctic Ocean as never before. Moreover, the rate of global warming and the pace of development are accelerating. Stakeholders have different ideas on...

A Pioneering Effort in the Design of Process and Law Supporting Integrated Arctic Ocean Management

Offshore oil and gas development in arctic Alaska carries a high risk of interference with nutritionally and culturally critical bowhead whale subsistence hunting. Since the mid-1980s, the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission has engaged...

Arctic Marine Subsistence Use Mapping: Tools for Communities

Identifying marine areas of significance for Arctic communities is crucial for preventing future conflicts between coastal communities and marine-based industries. The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report recommends that states...

From the Gulf of Mexico to the Beaufort Sea: Inuit Involvement in Offshore Oil and Gas Decisions in Alaska and the Western Canadian Arctic

In 2013, do the Inuit on either side of the U.S.-Canada Beaufort Sea maritime boundary have better tools for taking more meaningful part in decisions relating to offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic than they did in the wake...

Collaborative Decisionmaking in the Arctic Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and a Proposal for Enhanced Support From the Federal Government

The Alaska Native communities of the American Arctic rely upon their ancient subsistence practices for their food security, the continuation of their cultural traditions, and their physical and spiritual well-being. Industry interest in...

Understanding the Government-to-Government Consultation Framework for Agency Activities That Affect Marine Natural Resources in the U.S. Arctic

Alaska Natives work with the federal government in managing resources in the Arctic. Federal consultation with tribes is one of the ways that such cooperative management can be achieved. Existing federal-level policies require...

Demystifying NEPA to Speed the Review and Permitting of Energy Generation and Transmission and Other Projects and Programs

Our nation’s infrastructure is deteriorating, damaging our economic growth, security, and environmental quality. Unfortunately, many needed improvements are suffering unnecessary delays from multiple, sequential, and often poorly...

Is Water a Natural Resource in International Watercourses?

Resource managers, economists, and legal scholars consider water a natural resource. The fundamental tensions raised by the concept of international water management are legal, such as sharing water in international watercourses,...

Building Carbon Rights Infrastructure With REDD+ Incentives: A Multi-Scale Analysis in the Peruvian Amazon

Payments to avoid deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries have emerged as a key international strategy. Countries that have the greatest potential to host these market-based mechanisms are often characterized by...

Blowing Snow: The National Park Service's Disregard for Science, Law, and Public Opinion in Regulating Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park

[Off-road vehicles] are domineering, exclusive, destructive and costly; it is they and their operators who would deny the enjoyment of the backcountry to the rest of us. About 98% of the land surface of the contiguous USA already...