Alaska and Hawaii

"Judge: EPA ‘Improperly’ Withheld Alaska Mining Documents"

"A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give the court documents related to its consideration of a controversial mining project in Alaska, ruling he has “no confidence” in the agency’s ability to decide which documents should become public following an open records request."

Source: The Hill, 03/23/2016

As Climate Heats Up, Arctic Residents Struggle To Keep Their Homes

"In the spring, after the permafrost thaws and the ground settles, Wilson Andrew Sr takes a wrench to the metal pilings that hold up the foundation of his house in Atmautluak, Alaska, and makes it level again. He cranks the screws until the foundation flattens out, level with the ground. At least for now."

Source: Guardian, 03/16/2016

Snow-Starved Anchorage Has To Haul Snow In By Train For Iditarod Start

"How weird has Anchorage's weather been this winter? Weird enough that an Alaska Railroad spokesman said Monday that a train will deliver seven rail cars loaded with snow to the state's largest city this week in time for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ceremonial start on Saturday."

Source: Alaska Dispatch News, 03/02/2016

"Polar Bear Critical Habitat in Alaska Restored by Appeals Court"

"A 187,000 square-mile swath of land and sea in Alaska was restored by a federal appeals court as a “critical habitat” for polar bears, a boon for the endangered species and yet another blow to Alaska’s tumbling petroleum industry."

Source: Bloomberg, 03/02/2016

"Alaska's Inuit Link Steady Food Supply to Environment Health"

"Alaska Inuit hunter John Goodwin for decades has hunted oogruk, the bearded seal, a marine mammal prized for its meat, oil and hide.

The largest of Alaska's ice seals uses sea ice to rest and birth pups, and after the long winter, when ice breaks into floes, there's a window of opportunity for Goodwin to leave his home in Kotzebue and motor his boat between ice panels, shoot seals and butcher them before they migrate north through the Bering Strait.

Source: AP, 12/29/2015


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