Alaska and Hawaii

June 19, 2016 to June 24, 2016

13th International Coral Reef Symposium

The 2016 ICRS theme is "Bridging Science to Policy." The event in Honolulu will bring together ~2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 70 different nations in a forum to present the latest research findings, case histories and management activities, and to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability.

 

"On Kodiak Island, Flywheels Are In And Diesel Is 99.8% Out"

"Darron Scott, CEO of the Kodiak Electric Association, unlocked the door to a small building on a gravel road along Chiniak Bay and pointed to two innocuous metal boxes tucked into a corner beyond a bank of computers. 'Those are the flywheels,' Scott said, turning on a computer screen to follow the ebb and flow of the system's electrical output."

Source: EnergyWire, 06/13/2016

Hawaii's Last Sugar Harvest Paves Way For A Fight On The Land's Future

"For more than 150 years, the big agricultural corporations that produce sugar have been top dogs in the island’s economic life and its political governance. As the industry winds down, a new generation of activists are dreaming big of replacing sugar not only with a new agricultural model but also a new political settlement."

Source: Guardian, 04/29/2016

"Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death: The Disease That's Killing Native Hawaiian Trees"

"Deep in the forests of Hawaii, a native tree called 'ōhi'a reigns king. The tall canopy tree dominates the island's forests, especially on the Big Island. 'Ōhi'a makes up approximately 80 percent of Hawaii's native forests and more than half of 'ōhi'a grows on Hawaii Island.Often the first plant to grow from a fresh lava flow, 'Ōhi'a is known for its resilience. That's what makes a recent discovery all the more tragic: 'ōhi'a is dying."

Source: NPR, 04/08/2016

A New Titanic? US, Canada Prepare For Worst As Posh Arctic Cruise Sails

"On 13 April, coast guard officials from the US and Canada will train for a cruise ship catastrophe: a mass rescue from a luxury liner on its maiden voyage through the remote and deathly cold waters between the Northwest Passage and the Bering Strait."

Source: Guardian, 03/29/2016

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