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Obama Orders Freeze on Offshore Drilling

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President concedes neither oil companies nor government were prepared for worst-case scenario.

In Washington on Thursday, President Obama addressed widening public anger over the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ordering a moratorium on offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The announcement reverses a previous decision to expand offshore drilling off American coastlines. At the White House press conference, the President also said there was too much complacency in goverment prior......read more

Alaska

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Christopher Baker documents life in the Copper River watershed.

Photographer Christopher Baker traveled to Cordova, Alaska to provide this glimpse of the salmon fishery that drives the local economy. The Copper River ecosystem, "one of the last pure watersheds in North America," is threatened by overfishing, so the state of Alaska and various agencies are working to ensure a sustainable fishery for future generations....read more

Ben Huff: The Last Road North

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Take a photographic journey along the northernmost road in America

Drawn by a desire to experience and chronicle one of the world's last frontiers, photographer Rob Huff spent a good chunk of five years traveling Alaska's Dalton Highway, a 414-mile stretch of (mostly dirt) road along the Trans-Alaskan pipeline. The highway, known locally as the Haul Road, is the northernmost road in the Americas. It owes its existence entirely to the need for a transportation......read more

University Student Sues Alaska Over Climate Change

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College freshman Nelson Kanuk takes the state to court for not adequately addressing global warming

To witness first-hand the dramatic consequences of climate change, perhaps the best (or worst) place to go is Barrow, Alaska--the northernmost town in America. There, on Alaska's north coast, sea ice is thinning, permafrost is melting, river banks are eroding, warm water fish species are showing up in nets, and extreme coastal storms are forcing residents to move inland. Finding food has become a......read more

Traveling Alaska with Photographer Kevin Russ

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Society6 joins an intrepid photographer on his journey up north

A couple of years back, we were introduced to the work of Kevin Russ via Flickr, where he used to regularly post wilderness-centric images captured on his travels. Online artist community Society6 recently joined Russ on an adventure to the Alaskan wilderness, and cobbled together this inspiring video of the experience. Watch as Russ leads us through some jaw-dropping landscapes, explaining the......read more

America's Wildest Place Is Open For Business

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The Expansion of Oil and Gas Exploration in Alaska

By Christopher Solomon Several years ago a mapping expert pinpointed the most remote place in the Lower 48 states. The spot was in the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, 20 miles from the nearest road. Roman Dial read the news and wasn’t much impressed. To him, 20 miles — the distance a hungry man could walk in a long day — didn’t seem very remote at......read more

President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element of his legacy. But during a three-day trip choreographed to lend spectacular visuals and real-world examples......read more

Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Clean Energy to Alaska

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Altaeros Energies looks to serve the energy needs of remote areas with its Buoyant Airbone Turbine

Ryan Grenoble for the Huffington Post: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a ... high-altitude flying wind turbine. A company by the name of Altaeros Energies, borne from the labs at MIT, is poised to break the record for the highest wind turbine ever deployed, with plans to float an electricity-generating device at an altitude of 1,000 feet above a site south of Fairbanks, Alaska. The......read more

Expedition Gyre: Making Art from Alaskan Marine Trash

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Visual arts merges with marine biology in this ambitious plastic pollution project

Alaska is America's wildest, most remote state. But it is not immune to manmade environmental damage (just ask the residents of Valdez). On some of Alaska's most isolated beaches, you'll find plenty of garbage -- tons, in fact, as a group of scientists and artists discovered last summer, when they embarked on a 450-mile expedition to collect and document marine trash. The project was named......read more

The Pacific Northwest in the 1970s

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Fascinating photos of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska during the height of the energy crisis

In 1971, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a project to document the state of America's environment in images. With 15,000+ images, the Documerica Project [previously] is an important record of American life in the 1970s, before environmental legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act came to be. The Atlantic's In Focus recently hosted a week of Documerica......read more

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