Proactive for Polar Bears

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Polar Bears, Photo: USFWS

We hope that there is never a cause to use the tool that we and our partners helped create. An oil spill in the remote Arctic would be devastating to the ecosystem and its wildlife. With increased shipping and interest in drilling in the region, however, we want to make sure responders have what they need to help wildlife if the worst should happen. So we teamed up with local partners in Alaska to develop an important new tool that could make the difference between life and death for polar bears in the case of an oil spill.

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