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By Nassrine Azimi | The New York Times: ITSUKUSHIMA Shrine on Miyajima Island, built by the warlord Taira no Kiyomori around 1168, stands at the edge of an inlet of the Inland Sea, not far from Hiroshima. Long regarded as one of Japan’s three most beautiful places, it was registered in 1996 by Unesco as a [...] Read More

By Elisabeth Rosenthal | The New York Times: WE will need fossil fuels like oil and gas for the foreseeable future. So there’s really little choice (sigh). We have to press ahead with fracking for natural gas. We must approve the Keystone XL pipeline to get Canadian oil. This mantra, repeated on TV ads and in [...] Read More

By Carey Restino | The Bristol Bay Times: They say necessity is the mother of all invention, so it should come as no surprise that an Alaskan has built arguably the tightest house in the world. The home, deemed the world’s tightest by the World Record Academy, can be found in Dillingham, a town of about [...] Read More

By Felicity Barringer | The New York Times: At a time when large dams are being taken down, not put up, the state of Alaska is proposing to construct one of the tallest and most expensive hydroelectric dams ever built in North America. The Alaska Energy Authority is planning to build a 735-foot, $5.2 billion [...] Read More

By Ed Ronco | KCAW: Maybe you’ve turned the thermostat down. Maybe you’ve put on an extra pair of socks, or you wear a sweater around the house. And maybe, as a result, you’ve seen some savings in your energy bill. But a new state program might help you see even more savings, if you’re [...] Read More

By Tim Bradner | Alaska Journal of Commerce: ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. says it will not extend the federal export license for its Kenai natural gas liquefaction plant when the license expires March 31. However, the plant will be maintained in a standby mode to be available if opportunities develop, company spokeswoman Amy Burnett said in [...] Read More

By David Bornstein | The New York Times: If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve global warming, how might you go about it? For years, the main approach in the environmental movement has been to sound the alarm bell and implore people to consume less, switch to [...] Read More

By: Ned Rozell | Alaska Science: Outside the Fly By Café, the ravens are flying backwards. At least they appear to be, as a powerful wind suspends them in time and space. A brewing ground blizzard in this Southwest Alaska hub is making it difficult for Jack Hébert to get to Atmautluak, a village of [...] Read More

By Ed Schoenfeld | CoastAlaska News: Surfers from around the world travel to Yakutat’s remote beaches to catch big waves. Now, the community, hundreds of miles away from the nearest grid, wants to make another use of that power. “If we’re able to convert that energy that’s pounding on our shores and displace diesel, the [...] Read More

By Suzanna Caldwell | Alaska Dispatch: Looking at the warmth radiating from his friend’s wood stove pipe, Alaskan Theo Graber had an idea. What if someone could take that heat and convert it into electricity? What if there was a way the noisy generator rumbling outside his friend’s cabin could be a thing of the [...] Read More