Alaska and Hawaii

"Politics: 'Hard Call' From Trump Preceded Zinke Pressure — Murkowski"

"Sen. Lisa Murkowski said today that a tense phone conversation with President Trump earlier this week led to yesterday's call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who reportedly told both Alaska GOP senators that the Energy and Natural Resources chairwoman's vote against the motion to proceed to the health care debate would influence the administration's resource development policies in the Last Frontier State."

Source: Greenwire, 07/28/2017

Shark Week Media Frenzy a Chance to Actually Cover Sharks

The media frenzy whipped up by Shark Week broadcasts mask a harsh reality — humans kill millions more sharks than sharks kill humans, making the real story for reporters the struggle to save sharks. Get ideas and resources on the shark conservation story from this week's TipSheet.

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Methane Seeps Out as Arctic Permafrost Starts to Resemble Swiss Cheese

"Global warming may be unleashing new sources of heat-trapping methane from layers of oil and gas that have been buried deep beneath Arctic permafrost for millennia. As the Earth's frozen crust thaws, some of that gas appears to be finding new paths to the surface through permafrost that's starting to resemble Swiss cheese in some areas, scientists said."

Source: InsideClimate News, 07/20/2017

"Controversial Alaskan Gold Mine Could Be Revived Under Trump’s EPA"

"The Trump administration has taken a key step toward paving the way for a controversial gold, copper and molybdenum mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, marking a sharp reversal from President Barack Obama’s opposition to the project."

Source: Washington Post, 07/12/2017

"Hawaii Enacts Law Committing To Goals Of Paris Climate Accord"

"Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to enact legislation to bring its environmental standards in line with the Paris climate accord, officials said on Wednesday, less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the global agreement."

Source: Reuters, 06/08/2017


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