Alaska and Hawaii

"U.S. Appeals Court Throws Arctic Drilling Into Further Doubt"

"JUNEAU, Alaska -- A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Interior Department wrongly awarded offshore oil leases in the Chukchi Sea near Alaska in 2008 without considering the full range of environmental risks posed by drilling in the Arctic."

Source: Reuters, 01/23/2014

"Pebble Mine Could Devastate Alaska's Bristol Bay Region, EPA Finds"

"JUNEAU, Alaska -- A government report indicates a large-scale copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region could have devastating effects on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery and adversely affect Alaska Natives, whose culture is built around salmon."

Source: AP, 01/16/2014

"Pollution from Plastic Trash May Make Tiny Island a Superfund Site"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to study whether plastic pollution on a small island in the Pacific Ocean is severe enough to warrant listing it as a Superfund clean-up site. Tern Island, a 25-acre strip of land about 500 miles northwest of the Hawaiian island Oahu, is home to millions of seabirds, sea turtles, and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. "

Yale Environment 360 had the story November 19, 2013.

Source: YaleE360, 11/20/2013


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