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09/03/2015 01:29 AM
In Alaska, Obama becomes 1st president to enter the Arctic

File - In this May 24, 2006 file photo, frozen human waste from honey buckets litter the frozen Newtok River, in Newtok, Alaska. It’s a good bet that President Barack Obama, like most Americans, has never used a honey bucket. The five-gallon drums serve as rudimentary toilets in large swaths of rural Alaska, where residents haul the waste-filled buckets to nearby sewage lagoons to be emptied. Obama’s historic visit to the Alaska Arctic on Wednesday will shed a rare spotlight on the plight of Alaska Natives and others who populate more than 200 far-flung villages in Alaska, toiling under third-world conditions unimaginable in most of the United States.(AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on global warming.



09/03/2015 12:10 AM
From above Arctic circle, Obama presses for climate change action

US President Barack Obama speaks at Kotzebue High School in Kotzebue, Alaska on September 2, 2015President Barack Obama blazed a new trail as US leader, becoming the first to head above the Arctic circle, to urge Americans to take swift action against climate change. "There is one thing no American president had done before and this is travel above the Arctic circle," Obama said at the school gym in Kotzebue, a small Alaskan town of 3,000. Touching on his call for urgent efforts to curb global warming, his main focus since his Alaska visit began Monday, Obama said Alaskans were already living with evidence of the changes.



09/02/2015 11:16 PM
Obama's Arctic adventure ends with sinking village, fish spawn

Obama observes traditional salmon preserving with fishermen on the shore of the Nushagak River in Dillingham, AlaskaBy Roberta Rampton KOTZEBUE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama got a taste of the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, dropping in to two remote fly-in native villages in a journey the White House hopes will show how climate change is affecting Americans. Crossing the Arctic Circle, Air Force One flew over Kivalina, pop. Obama said Kivalina is a harbinger of hardships other parts of the country could face if global warming goes unchecked.



09/02/2015 08:30 PM
President Obama roams Alaska with, oh, a selfie stick

President Obama roams Alaska with, oh, a selfie stickTechnically Incorrect: Posting to Twitter and Instagram, the president wants to highlight climate change. But a selfie stick? Is that wise?



09/02/2015 08:03 PM
Indonesia to cut emissions by 29 percent in 2030

A commuter bus running on diesel fuel emits thick trail of pollutants in Jakarta on December 7, 2009Indonesia has unveiled an ambitious new target for reducing carbon emissions, promising to slash its greenhouse gas output by 29 percent by 2030, the government said Wednesday. The increased commitment by one of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters will be officially submitted to the United Nations later this month ahead of a major climate change summit in December. "We have reached the decision to reduce (emissions) by 29 percent by 2030," environment and forestry minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar told reporters.



09/02/2015 07:12 PM
In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

President Barack Obama, accompanied by local fishermen, speaks to members of the media on Kanakanak Beach, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Dillingham, Alaska. Obama is on a historic three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.



09/02/2015 07:00 PM
Bristol Palin Is Not Happy About Obama Restoring Denali's Name

Bristol Palin Is Not Happy About Obama Restoring Denali's NameBristol Palin criticized President Barack Obama's decision to restore Mt. McKinley's name to Denali, arguing he should instead be "worrying about the radical jihadists in ISIS."The president is wrapping up a three-day trip to Alaska to shine the national spotlight on climate change. Palin, however, wrote in a blog post that Obama should...



09/02/2015 06:57 PM
Obama heads to remote reaches of Alaska on last day of tour

Obama performs a traditional Yup'ik dance at a school in Dillingham, AlaskaBy Roberta Rampton DILLINGHAM, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama headed to remote fly-in native villages of Alaska on Wednesday on a trek the White House hopes will bring attention to how climate change is affecting Americans. Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle when he flies into Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is battling coastal erosion caused by rising seas. Before going to Kotzebue, Obama went to Dillingham, home to one of the world's largest sockeye salmon fisheries, where residents are fighting the Pebble Mine copper and gold project that has been proposed by Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. Ignoring a light drizzle, he walked down the banks of the Nushagak River where women who fish for a living had anchored fishing nets to shore to catch a silver salmon.



09/02/2015 06:34 PM
Texas’ Record Floods Are the New Normal

Texas’ Record Floods Are the New NormalStorm after storm drenched Texas in May—torrential downpours strong enough to cover the entire state in the equivalent of eight inches of water. While scientists discourage linking specific weather events to climate, a study published Wednesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that Texas and Oklahoma can expect more rainfall in El Niño years like this one, thanks to, yes, climate change. The research, led by Utah State climate scientist Simon Wang, looked at the record flooding that hit the southern Great Plains region of Texas and Oklahoma in May and found that global warming played a role in intensifying those floods.



09/02/2015 06:31 PM
Coal ash contains radioactive contaminants: US study

A coal scraper machine works on a pile of coal in New Haven, West Virginia, October 30, 2009High levels of radioactive contaminants have been found in coal ash in major coal-producing regions of the United States, raising concern about the dangers of this unregulated waste, researchers said Wednesday. "Levels of radioactivity in the ash were up to five times higher than in normal soil, and up to 10 times higher than in the parent coal itself because of the way combustion concentrates radioactivity," said the study in the September 2 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology. Coal ash is currently unregulated and is stored in holding ponds and landfills near coal-fired power plants, which are blamed for much of the fossil fuel pollution that is leading to climate change.




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