Alaska and Hawaii

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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