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Govt releases strategy to protect wildlife from effects of climate change
Friday, January 20, 2012, 22:20 (GMT + 9)
In partnership with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration has released the first draft national strategy to help decision-makers and resource managers prepare for and help reduce the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems, and the people and economies that depend on them.
The draft National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, is available for public review and comment through 5 March.
The strategy represents a draft framework for unified action to safeguard fish, wildlife and plants, as well as the important benefits and services the natural world provides the nation every day, including jobs, food, clean water, clean air, building materials, storm protection, and recreation.
“The impacts of climate change are already here and those who manage our landscapes are already dealing with them”, said Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J Hayes. “The reality is that rising sea levels, warmer temperatures, loss of... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=49256&ndb=1&df=0
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Alaska: Petersburg/Wrangell Electricity use reaches all time peak (due to zub-zero temps)
January 19, 2012
“This morning we set a new all time peak for Wrangell and Petersburg right at 20 megawatts. Tomorrow morning it will be even higher,” said Joe Nelson, Petersburg Municipal Power and Light Superintendent. Tyee is basically a 20-megawatt plant, Nelson explained... http://www.petersburgpilot.com/www/stories/011912electric.htm
Ice House sells refrigeration options to Kodiak
JAMES BROOKS Kodiak Daily Mirror
First Posted: January 20, 2012 - 12:56 pm
Last Updated: January 20, 2012 - 12:56 pm
KODIAK, Alaska — It's tough to sell refrigeration to Alaskans in winter. Gretchen Wing doesn't have to — they come to her.
Wing is the owner of Ice House, a cold storage company that operates on Shelikof Street. To her and her husband, Chris Wing of C-Wing refrigeration and electrical, opening a cold-storage business seemed a logical step as they watched countless tourists make summer walks past their front door.
Many of those visitors stay at bed and breakfasts or hotels, and it's tough to fit a king salmon or deer carcass in a hotel room refrigerator.
"What do the tourists come here for? They come to hunt and fish," Wing said.
Ice House doesn't have the license to process fish or game, but it does offer a place for visitors to stash their Kodiak produce while... http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/a22f1e6db8724b98ac7cd9fe59569355/AK--Ice-House/
Alaska Shows Greatest Potential for Ocean Energy Development
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Fri January 20, 2012
With its lengthy stretches of coast line, rapid currents, and big waves, Alaska could be capable of producing about a fifth of the nation’s electricity. That’s according to two new reports released by the United States Department of Energy that find that the state’s waters have enough energy in them to produce over 850 terawatt hours of electricity every year -- that’s enough to run over 800 billion space heaters all day, year round.
Right now, only about 6 percent of the nation’s electricity comes from hydropower resources. The Department of Energy is aiming to boost water power usage up to 15 percent by 2030.
Mike Reed is the team leader for DOE’s water program, and he says the... http://kucb.org/post/alaska-shows-greatest-potential-ocean-energy-development