Alaska and Hawaii

"Fairbanks Area, Trying To Stay Warm, Chokes on Wood Stove Pollution"

"NORTH POLE, Alaska — In Krystal Francesco's neighborhood, known here as the 'rectangle of death,' the air pollution recently was so thick she could hardly see across the street. Wood stoves were cranking all over town — it was 40 below zero — and she had to take her daughter to the emergency room."

Source: LA Times, 02/18/2013

"Interior Ready To Kill Proposed Land Swap, Road Through Alaska Refuge"

"The Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended against a proposed land exchange that would allow a 20-mile road through the heart of Alaska's pristine Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, pleasing environmentalists who bitterly opposed it but angering state leaders who say the road is a public safety priority for nearby residents."

Source: Greenwire, 02/06/2013

Alaska Natives Try To Flee Climate Change Impacts But Find Little Help

"Superstorm Sandy was a dramatic preview of what cities on the Eastern Seaboard might expect as climate change intensifies, but 12 small, indigenous communities on Alaska's coast provide the most extreme example of how global warming can wreak havoc."

Source: ClimateWire, 02/01/2013

"As Shell’s Arctic Drilling Hopes Hit Snags, Its Rivals Watch"

"HOUSTON -- Royal Dutch Shell’s Arctic drilling program is now officially in jeopardy and its prospects will depend on the findings of two continuing federal inquiries. One review is on the grounding of the Kulluk drill ship on New Year’s Eve after it was set adrift for five days in stormy weather, and the other is on the safety management of the entire Shell program."

Source: NY Times, 01/18/2013

"Alaska Oil Rig's Lifeboats May Have Leaked Fuel, Coast Guard Says"

"Lifeboats from an oil rig that was temporarily grounded on a small island in southern Alaska may have leaked as much as 272 gallons of diesel fuel into pristine waters along the shoreline, but that cannot be determined until a full inspection is completed, U.S. Coast Guard officials said."

Source: LA Times, 01/11/2013

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