AMRDI will curate news and events from myriad sources, and occasionally add our own 2 cents on matters, or link readers to pertinent research or policy insights originating from our own corners.
Here are some notable links we've been reading from the past week:
- Colorado among state leaders in wind power, with more on its way. See this article, and this for more details.
- Despite the dominance of a fossil fuel narrative trickling down from the north, those in rural Alaska want more cost-effective energy solutions. High North News reports on the 'Promise of Renewables' in Alaska here.
- Related, here is information on an upcoming conference on rural energy solutions for Alaska.
Western Livelihoods, Western Jobs
- Also related to energy, Wyoming grapples with what a post-coal world might look like. (or does it?) See HCN reporting on massive layoffs and future uncertainty in coal country here.
- We at AMRDI are saddened by the shock and despair many families currently face, and argue that more investment in retraining and education is necessary for coal country from Appalachia to WY and CO. We also argue, however, that more diverse, more resilient economies diversified from coal and other forms of mining is equally necessary, and are spearheading that effort. Inquire for more information on our Rural Transformations efforts.
- Colorado's Department of Public Health and the Environment (and its Air Pollution control Division, specifically) will co-host a meeting with the City of Craig, Colorado on the future of CO energy communities on April 27th. More information is available at this link.
- There has been a debate brewing in some circles about the ethics of sheep grazing recently, and in particular the use of immigrant labor. From HCN comes a measured reply for your consideration (editorial). From there one can access additional links to past stories on this unique profession.
Climate Change and the Environment
- Alaska recorded its first wildfire of 2016 in February. The New York Times explores lengthening, more intense wildfire seasons here.
- More reporting on the threat of climate-related village relocation, in Alaska and elsewhere, here.
Local Leadership and Local Response
- Togiak, Alaska residents take a tough stand on drugs and alcohol, from the Alaska Dispatch.