Discovering Deep-Sea Sponges in Alaska

Environmental News Network

Hundreds of species have yet to be described in the ecosystems that support Alaska’s valuable commercial fisheries. Discovering Deep-Sea Sponges in Alaska

The Quest to Tally Alaska’s Wild ‘Warm-Blooded’ Bumblebees

Environmental News Network

"People don't come to Denali and other parks in Alaska to look at bumblebees, but they should,” says Jessica Rykken, entomologist for Denali National Park and Preserve. . The Quest to Tally Alaska’s Wild ‘Warm-Blooded’ Bumblebees

Killer whale stranded in Alaska gets rescued

Inhabitant

Last Thursday, boaters and locals helped rescue a stranded orca whale on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Boaters found the 20-foot-long mammal stuck in a 4-foot-long rock crevice on the rocky shore. The boaters first alerted the U.S. coastguard before taking any action

Humpback whales in Alaska thrive in absence of cruise ships

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The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed humpback whales in Alaska to enjoy some peace, according to a new study. Researchers say that reduction in noise caused by cruise ships is to thank for the positive changes being witnessed in whales' social lives

Even in Alaska

Environmental Economics

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Humpback whales in Alaska thrive in absence of cruise ships

AGreenLiving

The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed humpback whales in Alaska to enjoy some peace, according to a new study. Related: Human actions are causing endangered whales to shrink in size Cruise ships play a key role in Alaska’s tourism industry, but they make life harder for sea animals.

Alaska Air to fly 75 commercial flights on fry oil

Green Traveler Guides

A new era in American aviation begins this week, as Alaska Airlines flies the first of 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by biofuel. Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air , will continue to operate select flights between Seattle and the two cities over the next few weeks using a 20 percent blend of sustainable biofuel made from used cooking oil that meets rigorous international safety and sustainability standards. | Green Travel News |.

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Journeying to Alaska’s Wild Edges

Cool Green Science

Alaska’s far north has beckoned explorers from around the world for centuries. Like so many travelers before us, we, too, have studied the Alaska map and wondered. Photo © Brooke Wood / The Nature Conservancy Our Momentum in Alaska These stories reinforce for us the importance of The Nature Conservancy’s achievements in Alaska. After two decades, the program has mapped 92 percent of Alaska’s vast shoreline, an invaluable resource for scientists in such a remote region.

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Dead Wood & Migrating Salmon: Restoring a Southeast Alaska Stream

Nature Conservancy - Science

Streams in Southeast Alaska can’t function ecologically without fallen logs. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. A neat and tidy stream looks scenic to our eyes, suitable for calendar photos and nature blogs. For a salmon on its spawning run, though, a neat and tidy stream is a dead end. There’s little place to rest on the long journey to the sea. There are few places to lay eggs.

Alaska's Kenai Visitor Center provides a refuge from the outside world

Inhabitant

Leave the technology-ridden world behind for a little while to sink down into the Alaskan landscape at the visitor center at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

People of the Salmon: Haida Tribe Defends Salmon with Science in Alaska

Nature Conservancy - Science

Members of the Haida tribe are conducting these fish surveys to help get their streams protected under Alaska state law. Nix and Sanderson are members of the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, a federally recognized indigenous tribe found on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. Their goal is to use data to get these streams protected under Alaska law; streams that provide proof as good salmon habitat can be protected at the highest level by the state. “

Taking on Big Coal in Alaska

Sierra Club Compass

Sierra Club Organizer Laura Comer of the Beyond Coal Alaska campaign said that with the help of four phone banks that made 1,100 calls, more than 130 people attended to discuss the growing problems the area is facing with Big Coal. The focus was on the proposed Chuitna coal strip-mine, an enormous project that would be Alaska's largest and the second largest in the world. And follow Beyond Coal Alaska on Facebook.

"Alaska’s King-Crab Fleet Is Left in Port by Shutdown"

Environmental Economics

It is a shame that the partial government shutdown has some innocent casualties: The nation’s king-crab fishing fleet, prepared to deploy off the coast of southwest Alaska for the start of a season that supplies holiday tables and restaurants around the world, was instead stalled in port on Tuesday by the federal government shutdown. Representative Don Young, a 21-term Republican from Alaska, has been among a group of legislators trying to free up personnel to get the paperwork processed.

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Natural Intersection: Understanding and Conserving Alaska’s Estuaries

Nature Conservancy - Science

Native fishermen continue a vibrant tradition as they harvest salmon in Eek Inlet near Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. The article is a helpful tool for planning how to conserve the most biologically rich habitats in regions such as the Tongass of Southeast Alaska. The estuary of Keete Inlet on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. What approach did you use to classify estuaries in Southeast Alaska?

In a Remote Alaska Rainforest, a Tribe Protects Habitat and Restores Culture

Nature Conservancy - Science

On Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, the restoration of rivers goes hand-in-hand with the restoration of cultural traditions. Hydaburg”s Totem Park. For many years, totem carving and other tribal traditions were banned. A new effort is restoring those traditions–and nearby habitat. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

People of the Salmon: Haida Tribe Defends Salmon with Science in Alaska

Nature Conservancy - Science

Members of the Haida tribe are conducting these fish surveys to help get their streams protected under Alaska state law. Nix and Sanderson are members of the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, a federally recognized indigenous tribe found on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. Their goal is to use data to get these streams protected under Alaska law; streams that provide proof as good salmon habitat can be protected at the highest level by the state. “

Afloat in Alaska: On a Charging River where the Salmon Run

Cool Green Science

We are on a 50-passenger jet boat up the Class VI rapids of Devil’s Canyon on the Susitna River in Alaska. Alaska’s healthy fisheries mean local economies thrive on a healthy environment. Sockeye fillets at fish counters across the country may be from Susitna stocks that were harvested in Cook Inlet, one of Alaska’s sustainably managed fisheries, on their way back to the river and the trail to their natal grounds.

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Report: Alaska Polar Bear Populations Declining

Eco Friendly Daily

Fish and Wildlife Service recently released a report declaring polar bear populations in and around Alaska are declining. In unsurprising news, the U.S. The main areas touched upon in the report were the Beaufort Sea, the Chukchi Sea and the Bering Sea. Currently, the polar bear is listed as an endangered species in the United States and categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as vulnerable.

Melting permafrost increases threat of tsunamis in Alaska

AGreenLiving

Scientists have warned that Alaska and other cold, mountainous places worldwide could experience tsunamis due to the melting of permafrost. In Alaska, the Barry Arm fjord has been observed as a possible hotspot for tsunamis. Related: Climate change has transformed much of Alaska over the past 3 decades According to a recent report produced by a team of geologists , there is a likelihood of a slide happening within the next 20 years and a possibility of one happening within a year.

Expanding Alaska Offshore Drilling Put On Hold

Eco Friendly Daily

ruled that the impact on the environment was not properly studied in Alaska regarding increased offshore drilling. The three-judge panel decided to shelve the program to find new reserves off the coast of Alaska. The lawsuit which resulted in this ruling was brought to the courts by three different environmental groups, which sued to protect the surrounding ecosystems and the Native Village of Point Hope, Alaska. Friday, the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

Regulating Coal Hazards in Seward, Alaska and Beyond

Sightline Daily

To take just one nearby example, consider the Seward Coal Loading Facility in Alaska, which has plagued its neighbors for years and now faces serious legal actions because of its practices. The current dustup in Alaska can be traced back to at least the spring of 2007 when coal terminal operators in Seward loaded a ship during high winds, releasing large clouds of coal dust in the process. Seward, Alaska.

Conoco Reports Christmas Oil Spill In Alaska

Eco Friendly Daily

On December 25, 2008, a corroded water-injection pipeline in the Kuparuk oil field of Conoco broke and let loose approximately 95,000 gallons of oil-laced water. One well was closed after the spill and is still closed today awaiting further repairs. Production on North America’s second largest oil field was not effected or slowed in any way due to the spill. Last year there was a similar spill in the Kuparuk oil field which involved the spilling of oil, gas and various other liquids.

Protection Given To Polar Bear Habitat In Alaska

Eco Friendly Daily

In hopes of reducing polar bear losses, the Obama administration recently announced protection for habitat which is considered critical to the polar bear in Alaska. Polar bears are a species representative of global warming. The environment which they have adapted to over thousands of years is now disappearing within decades. As the sea ice disappears in the Arctic, so does the ability for polar bears to hunt, raise young and live in general.

Another Oil Spill On Alaska’s North Slope

Eco Friendly Daily

Prudhoe Bay, located on Alaska’s North Slope, experienced its second largest oil spill in late November. With the great focus on global warming, especially with the conference in Copenhagen, it is not hard to realize the great changes occurring in the Arctic. However, global warming is not the only issue that the Arctic is currently facing. An all too common harm to the environment in the area is oil, and not just from the burning of it.

Rat Island In Alaska May Need A New Name

Eco Friendly Daily

The islands, located in Alaska, have unfortunately suffered from the rats inhabiting the area. In 1780, a Japanese ship which had many unwanted rat passengers aboard ended up shipwrecked off the coast of one of the Aleutian Islands. One particular island, subsequently named Rat Island, became overrun with the rodents ever since the shipwreck. Some 229 years later, scientists believe the rats may have finally been eliminated from the island.

Alaska's Kodiak Island to get 3MW battery system

EcoFriend

Sonia Renthlei: Alaska’s Kodiak Island will soon see Xtreme Power setting up a grid scale energy storage system, which will back up power from the Pillar Mountain Wind Project. The project currently supplies 10 percent of the island’s power supply. Xtreme Power, a Texas based startup company, is in talks to construct the 3MW battery system as the wind project is set to be upgraded to 9MW in the near future.

Weird Nature: Shrew-Eating Trout!

Nature Conservancy - Science

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska released this photo on its Facebook page last week. Fish Freshwater Mammals Science Weird Nature Alask national wildlife refuge Alaska conservation Alaska conservation issues Alaska fish conservation Alaska fishing big fish river monsters rivers shrews Togiak fishing Togiak National Wildlife Refuge trout eating rodents trout migration trout stream weird nature

187,000 Square Miles Designated as Polar Bear Critical Habitat in Alaska

Green (Living) Review

WASHINGTON – More than 187,000 square miles (approximately 120 million acres) along the north coast of Alaska were designated today as “critical habitat” for the polar bear as a result of a partial settlement in an ongoing lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Greenpeace against the Department of the Interior.

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World's first airborne wind turbine will be tested in Alaska

Green Blog

A big helium-filled wind-turbine will soon float just south over the city of Fairbanks in Alaska, USA. Altaeros Energies hopes that BAT-Buoyant Airborne Turbine, and similar wind solutions, will play a role in tackling high energy costs in remote regions such as Alaska. “We We are pleased to work with the Alaska Energy Authority and TDX Power to deploy our flexible, low cost power solution for remote communities,” stated Ben Glass, Altaeros Chief Executive Officer.

Climate Change Threatens Seal Hunting by Indigenous Alaskans

Environmental News Network

Climate change has severely reduced the length of the seal hunting season in a rural Alaska village, potentially threatening a key feature of the community’s Indigenous way of life.

New Year’s resolutions for green travelers

Green Traveler Guides

Africa Alaska Australia Chile Costa Rica Croatia Europe Kenya Masai Mara North America Osa Peninsula Peru South America Sweden United States Croatia truffles Great Ocean Road Green Travel News Kenai Fjords Masai Kuku Group Ranch Reuters River Klaralven Tambopata Torres del Paine PatagoniaTis the season for looking ahead to 2013. Here are eight New Year's resolutions to enrich and broaden the horizons of any green traveler.

Bristol Bay Blog, Part 2: The Salmon Portfolio

Nature Conservancy - Science

Salmon built much of the Alaska we see today,” says Dave Albert, director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska. “At Salmon feed just about everything in Alaska–including people. In the Bristol Bay watershed, the impact of salmon is everywhere, in literally every living thing. Photo: Chris DeNatale. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

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Alaska’s Lawmakers Have a Bipartisan Election Fix at Their Fingertips

Sightline Daily

After the tumult of the most recent election season, is bipartisan voting rights legislation still possible in America? The outlook isn’t good. A Pew study shows the divide over election policy has worsened. Former President Trump’s lies about voter fraud in 2020 won over many Republicans.

Sawmills and the Limits of Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

Take Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska , where I’ve spent the last couple of days learning about forest restoration with Conservancy colleagues Keith Rush and Michael Kampnich. And so at first glance it may seem unlikely that Cook, and other mill owners like him, could be essential in restoring the forests of Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska, where his mill is located. Custom cabinet maker Michael Farr recently moved to Alaska from Pennsylvania.

Bristol Bay Blog, Part 1: Understanding Remote, Wild Waters

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Bristol Bay watershed is located in southwestern Alaska, a mind-bogglingly wild expanse of rivers and streams that covers 58,000 square miles. Alaska is a remote state and Bristol Bay is a remote part of this state,” says Dave Albert, director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy’s Alaska program. “We Bristol Bay salmon sport fishing The Nature Conservancy in Alaska world''s largest salmon run

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Federal judge overturns Biden's pause on oil, gas leases

Inhabitant

President Biden previously halted oil and gas leases in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico for environmental review. But a federal judge has overturned this decision

Automatic Voter Registration Continues to Kick Ass in Oregon

Sightline Daily

It is working so well that 19 other states (including Alaska and Oregon’s first-in-the-nation automatic voter registration (AVR) system continues to modernize the state’s elections system and lead the way for other states.

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Bristol Bay Blog, Part 3: A Future for Salmon?

Nature Conservancy - Science

There is a lot of vilification and name calling, but we wanted to go past that and get the data ,” says Dave Albert, director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska. The Nature Conservancy in Alaska commissioned an ecological risk assessment to improve understanding of baseline conditions near the Pebble deposit as well as potential risks such a mine could pose to salmon. Will we have wild salmon in 100 years?

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Can Cutting Trees Save Wolves?

Nature Conservancy - Science

On Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska , Conservancy scientists are researching whether the harvest of young growth forests could actually benefit wolves – potentially helping to keep them off the Endangered Species list. The Alexander Archipelago wolf ranges throughout most of the islands and the coastal area of Southeast Alaska. The wolf is an important species in the ecosystem here,” says Colin Shanley, an ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska.

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How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfires

Green Living Ideas

Home Improvement Alaska California NEEF wildfire preparation wildfiresIf you live in a wildfire prone area (or even if you don't), check out these tips from NEEF about how to prepare your home for wildfires. The post How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfires appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

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mySUN combines human energy and solar for a renewable solution

AGreenLiving

Green a-black-screen alaska apartments climate conocophillips img-loading power sunrider wordsSolving the climate crisis requires smart energy solutions that will reduce the need for fossil fuels and create sustainable options. This is exactly what WZMH Architects is focused on. It wants to design buildings with reduced energy consumption that are fueled by renewable energy. But buildings that run on renewable energy need a renewable energy source to draw from.

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Climate Change to Impact Fishing and Tourism in the Northwest’s Rainforest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Alaska’s Herbert Glacier. In coastal Alaska and British Columbia, our average winter temperatures are very close to freezing, so even a small increase in winter temperatures will have big ecological implications,” says Colin Shanley, conservation planner and GIS analyst with The Nature Conservancy’s Alaska Chapter. Climate Change Alaska Ecosystem Services rainforest Daniel Cornwall / Flickr. By Justine E. Hausheer, science writer for The Nature Conservancy.

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Self-sufficient Sail House by David Hertz Architects looks like a ship

AGreenLiving

Eco Green Recycle a-levels-rose alaska-boaters animals circumstances ocean off-grid waterIt’s a nautical home that boasts plenty of space for entertaining plus a self-sufficient design. The Sail House, designed by renowned sustainability architect David Hertz in Los Angeles, was selected as the 2021 Architizer A+Awards Jury Winner for Residential, Private House (XL > 6,000 square feet).