The ECOreport publishes a story from North of the Arctic Circle, world’s first solar hydroponic trailer used in sub zero temperatures
By Terri Steele
An innovative village of native Alaskans is joining PHIUS energy professionals and Next Generation Energy in celebrating the Summer Solstice – and the days drenched in 24 hours of sunlight it heralds in the Land of the Midnight Sun — by shedding light on the first off-grid photovoltaic (PV) solar water heating solution to heat water, channel stored energy into radiant heating and hydroponically grow fresh vegetables in sub-zero temperatures NORTH of the Arctic Circle.
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The ECOreport reposts a public announcement, America ramps up offshore oil & gas development
Editor’s Note: The following press release is being printed for public information, definitely NOT as an endorsement.
Press Release from the United States Department of Interior
HOUSTON – On the stage of the Offshore Technology Conference, flanked by men and women who work on offshore oil and gas platforms, Secretary of the Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke today signed two secretarial orders aimed at unleashing America’s offshore energy potential and growing the U.S. economy. The first order implements President Trump’s Executive Order signed Friday and directs the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to develop a new five-year plan for oil and gas exploration in offshore waters and reconsider a number of regulations governing those activities. The second order establishes a new position – Counselor to the Secretary for Energy Policy – to coordinate the Interior Department’s energy portfolio that spans nine of the Department’s ten bureaus.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about a potential threat, Asian flu Can enter North America through Alaska
Originally Published on Mit News
By Anne Trafton, MIT News Office
A new paper from an MIT-led team demonstrates that Alaska can offer a significant foothold for Asian flu viruses, enabling them to enter North America. The research also shows that the region serves as a fertile breeding ground for new flu strains.
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The ECOreport reposts a wildlife alert, Protect Predators in Alaska National Wildlife Refuges!
Press release From Project Coyote
Two weeks ago, by a vote of 225-193, the House of Representatives approved H.J. Res. 69, which would roll back regulations enacted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) prohibiting heinous hunting and trapping practices for killing predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The resolution, now designated as S.J. Res. 18/H.J. Res. 69, is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate THIS WEEK, and could be as early as TODAY! We need your help to stop this reckless and cruel measure. Read this Los Angeles Times editorial strongly condemning this joint resolution here.
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The ECOreport looks at news of a study showing that humpback recovery depends on habitat preservation
Originally Published on Oregon State University News
NEWPORT, Ore. – Humpback whales can migrate thousands of miles to reach feeding grounds each year, but a new study concludes that their fidelity to certain local habitats – as passed on through the generations – and the protection of these habitats are key to understanding the ultimate recovery of this endangered species.
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The ECOreport reposts news that accelerated offshore fracking threatens Alaska’s endangered Belugas
Originally Published on Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Center for Biological Diversity today urged federal officials to block an oil company’s plans to drill multiple new wells and conduct the first large, multistage offshore fracking ever done in Alaska’s environmentally sensitive Cook Inlet.
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The ECOreport reposts story that the U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Protections For Tongass National Forest
Originally Published on Cascade Wildlands
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear a last‐ditch effort by the State of Alaska to exempt America’s largest national forest from a national rule protecting undeveloped, road‐free national forest areas from logging and road construction. The State sought to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that kept the Roadless Area Conservation Rule in effect in the vast Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The Ninth Circuit agreed with a federal District Court in Alaska that the Bush administration improperly exempted the Tongass from that landmark conservation measure.
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The ECOreport reposts the story of how Alaska wants to remove the designation from 120 million acres, but the Court Upholds Protection Of Polar Bear Habitat
Originally Published on Defenders of Wildlife
By Jason Rylander
Polar bears face enormous threats from climate change and melting sea ice, but their Arctic habitat will receive some needed protection, thanks to a new decision last week from a federal appellate court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of more than 120 million acres as critical habitat for the imperiled polar bear.
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How Alaska’s capital built an electric vehicle network embracing tourism as well as personal vehicles – Electrifying Transportation in Juneau, Alaska
Originally Published on RMI Outlet
In late March 2015, RMI hosted the second annual eLab Accelerator (applications are now being accepted for eLab Accelerator 2016). Described as a bootcamp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session brought together 12 teams from across the country—from New Mexico to Alaska and California to New Jersey—working on new business models, energy innovation districts, and new customer solutions. Together with RMI facilitators, Reos Partners, and a panel of expert faculty, they sped progress on their respective efforts. This is one of their stories.
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More than 200,000 animals take part in the annual migration of the North American Caribou in Alaska
Originally Posted on Defenders of Wildlife
By Ashby Remley
It happens every fall in Alaska. Each year our North American caribou, Rangifer tarandus granti, undertake an epic journey from their breeding range to wintering grounds – one of the biggest large-mammal land migrations on Earth.
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