Alaska and Hawaii

Beavers Are Flooding the Warming Alaskan Arctic, Threatening Fish

"A thawing of permafrost in beaver-built wetlands can release vast stores of greenhouse gases to warm the climate, but Native peoples are already feeling the rodent’s impacts." "When the beavers came to streams near the Alaskan village of Venetie, the fish disappeared."

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/01/2022

Alaskan Indigenous Leaders Fear Impacts On Salmon Streams From Mine

"Mining company Donlin Gold is seeking to develop one of the world’s largest open-pit gold mines near Alaska’s Kuskokwim River, a spawning ground for several species of salmon, which make up 50 percent of local communities’ diet and subsistence lifestyle."

Source: Mongabay, 01/27/2022
February 9, 2022

DEADLINE: IJNR Virtual Workshop — Ocean + Climate in Alaska

Join the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources for a two-day virtual workshop, Feb. 23-24, 2022, to explore how climate change is impacting the waters of Alaska and how Indigenous communities, state agencies and federal scientists are working to protect this bountiful resource. Participants eligible for small reporting stipends. Deadline: Feb 9.


"‘Build Back Better’ Hit a Wall, but Climate Action Could Move Forward"

"A growing number of Democrats in Congress want to move ahead with the climate portion of President Biden’s stalled spending bill, saying the urgency of a warming planet demands action and they believe they can muster enough votes to muscle it past Republican opposition."

Source: NYTimes, 01/21/2022

"This Tree Has Stood Here For 500 Years. Will It Be Sold For $17,500?"

"The Sitka spruce soaring more than 180 feet skyward has stood on this spot on Prince of Wales Island for centuries. While fierce winds have contorted the towering trunks of its neighbors, the spruce’s trunk is ramrod straight. Standing apart from the rest of the canopy, it ascends to the height of a 17-story building."

Source: Washington Post, 01/03/2022


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