Millions of acres of Alaskan rainforest may be opened for business

August 29, 2019 by  
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As Amazon wildfires blaze, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest faces a wholly different threat: corporate exploitation. President Donald Trump wants to open Alaska’s 16.7 million acre Tongass National Forest for logging, energy and mining projects. The Tongass is the country’s largest national forest, encompassing much of the southeast Alaskan panhandle, including the capital city of Juneau. Environmentalists have long fought business interests in the Alaskan forest. In the 1990s, the Clinton administration passed the “roadless rule,” barring commercial logging and prohibiting roads from being built without Forest Service approval. Obama’s administration saw the finalization of a plan to eliminate logging old-growth in the Tongass by 2016. Related: Bureau of Land Management moves forward with the sale of sacred land But many Alaskans don’t appreciate government intervention in their state. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state’s entire congressional delegation want Trump to reverse the roadless rule. They see it as a barrier to business and a threat to southeast Alaska’s economy. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski told the Washington Post , “The timber industry has declined precipitously, and it is astonishing that the few remaining mills in our nation’s largest national forest have to constantly worry about running out of supply.” Environmentalists point out that the Tongass’ old-growth trees provide critical habitat for Sitka black-tailed deer, black bear and the Northern Goshawk, which is a bird of prey. Chris Wood, president of Trout Unlimited, is worried about Alaska ’s wild salmon, which spawn in the Tongass. The salmon, rivers and trees have a symbiotic relationship. If the trees go, the $986 million salmon industry could also be threatened. Wood said that Forest Service officials have “realized the golden goose is the salmon, not the trees.” Not all of Alaska’s business owners are there to exploit resources. The adventure tourism sector relies on intact forests. Dan Blanchard’s company, UnCruise Adventures, takes 7,000 guests on small-ship Alaskan wilderness cruises annually. He’s seen dramatic improvements in the forest since the 1980s and doesn’t want that to be reversed. “The demand for wilderness and uncut areas have just dramatically increased,” Blanchard told the Washington Post . “Our view here is, there are very few places in the world that are wild. Here we have one, in southeast Alaska, and it’s being put at risk.” Via Washington Post Image via Bob Familiar

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GM, Michelin put brakes on deforestation linked to rubber

July 13, 2017 by  
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Deforestation has accelerated in the rubber producing countries of Southeast Asia to feed global demand for tires. But Michelin and now General Motors have launched zero deforestation rubber procurement policies.

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New Belgium, Yards, Sierra Nevada breweries leverage green tech

July 13, 2017 by  
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We’ll toast to that!

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Climate change will deepen economic disparity in the U.S.

July 12, 2017 by  
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Rising temperatures will cause the poorest U.S. counties to suffer the most, even in the wealthiest nation in the world. Most are in the Southeast.

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Dear Southeast Asian nations: Dive deep into marine preservation

July 7, 2017 by  
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Marine ecosystems, which provide livelihoods for 130 million people in Southeast Asia, show how the health of nature and economy are interconnected.

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Singapore aims to become the world’s first smart city-state

March 30, 2016 by  
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Already one of the world’s wealthiest countries, the Southeast Asian tech hub is aiming to become a testbed for self-driving cars, Internet of Things tech and more.

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Operating in the dark: How climate change will affect food

March 30, 2016 by  
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The year is 2020 and the world is on the cusp of a global food crisis. Throughout the next decade, the world will struggle to meet a host of escalating food security issues, price hikes and scarcity caused by population growth, rapid urbanization, extreme weather and political upheaval.

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How to support clean energy, cosmetics reform and food labeling

March 30, 2016 by  
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103 members of Congress co-sponsored a clean energy bill that would boost non-carbon sources of power. The American Sustainable Business Council wants businesses to back it.

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NASA releases video of mysterious fireball spotted over Georgia

December 28, 2015 by  
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A week before Christmas, residents of Georgia reported spotting a mysterious bright fireball in the sky one evening. NASA  reported the object has been identified as a meteor that entered Earth’s atmosphere. The agency says all six of its ‘all sky’ meteor cameras in the Southeast region picked up the flaming rock as it traveled around 29,000 miles per hour after crossing into the atmosphere at a steep angle. Aside from the spectacle, the meteor disintegrated before it hit the Earth, so the only trace it left behind was NASA’s photographic evidence. Read the rest of NASA releases video of mysterious fireball spotted over Georgia

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The 10 most inspiring Inhabitat stories of 2015

December 28, 2015 by  
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Let’s face it, environmental news can be downright depressing sometimes – which is why we strive to balance our coverage with stories that leave you feeling inspired. This year, we had many of those. From Jon Stewart starting an animal sanctuary after a long and successful career as host of The Daily Show , to the California family that produces a whopping 6,000 pounds of food on just one tenth of an acre of land, these are the kinds of stories we believe help to catalyze change and action. Which of these 10 stories most inspired you? Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.

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