As efforts continue to stop the flow from the BP oil spill, areas used for recreation and fishing are being closed to public access. It's a blow to recreational and commercial fishing businesses.
Oil companies are eyeing Alaska's largely untapped outer continental shelf. Critics say that's another Exxon Valdez waiting to happen.
Giant Panda 'Kai Kai' sits in his enclosure at the Giant Panda Forest exhibit at the River Safari, Nov. 28, 2012, in Singapore. Panda populations are threatened by poaching and a loss of habitat, as well as a low birth rate.
Melting glaciers, drier wetlands, warmer winters in Alaska, where global warming is felt most keenly.
A recovery plan is ensured. But US includes caveats to safeguard oil and gas drilling.
Wednesday’s designation is the first to list a species due to global warming threats.