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Here Comes the Sun

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American homeowners are flocking to solar power--and not just in the usual Southwestern hotspots

American homeowners are increasingly relying on the sun to meet much of their hot water and electricity needs. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, residential electricity produced by solar in the first quarter of 2013 was almost 10 times higher than that generated in 2008. That's a huge upswing, but the potential for more is what's really impressive. So what's stopping more......read more

Kate Peters: Ask The Dust

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British photographer documents her travels through the American southwest

From UK photographer Kate Peters' impressive portfolio of work comes Ask The Dust, a collection of images shot during her ramblings through the arid landscapes of California, Utah and Arizona. The series, which takes its name from the masterful novel by John Fante, nicely captures the stark spirituality of the desert. Kate's photographic chops were honed as an assistant......read more

Neil Krug: On The Road II

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Grainy, sun-scorched Polaroids shot in the Southwestern states

Here are a few select images from the second of Neil Krug's "On The Road" series, shot with film provided by the Polaroid revivalists at The Impossible Project. The Scion-sponsored project found Krug roaming the Southwestern U.S. with a highly attractive travel companion, snapping grainy shots along the way. Check out the whole series here.  The Impossible Project as featured in issue 18 of......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

Why Drilling in the Arctic is a Bad Idea

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The argument against pushing for fossil fuel extremes in Alaska

The Arctic Ocean is one of the wildest, most extreme places on earth. When you put the most technologically advanced, best equipped offshore drilling rig up against it, the rig loses. The grounding of a Shell Oil drilling rig in Alaska earlier this year proves it. That's the central tenet of a Natural Resources Defense Council statement, quoted by Andy Revkin at Dot Earth, arguing against any......read more

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