Study: Carbon emissions from northern fires likely underestimated

first_imgShare this story: Arctic | Climate Change | Environment | InteriorStudy: Carbon emissions from northern fires likely underestimatedNovember 5, 2015 by Robert Hannon, KUAC Share:Alaska has seen record-breaking wildfire seasons in recent years. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Division of Forestry)A recent study indicates fires in the Yukon Flat region of Alaska are releasing more carbon into the atmosphere than previously thought.The study by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists overturns old assumptions and paints a troubling portrait of future climate change.When you set out to model an ecosystem, it’s important to have data, a lot of data. That’s why UAF researchers Dave McGuire and Helene Genet were excited about a study in the Yukon Flats looking at charcoal deposits in lakebed sediments. It gave them 1,200 years’ worth of data.Genet, McGuire and their colleagues wanted to model fire regimes in the region and how they affected the carbon cycle. The sediment data, McGuire says, were revealing.“Fire frequency has been greater in the last few decades than it’s been over the last 1,200 years. That suggest things are changing quite dramatically now.”Carbon is a key ingredient in global climate change. In nature, plants take up carbon dioxide and store it. Some of it is respired back to the atmosphere, but much of finds its way into soils.In the Arctic and subarctic, that carbon is often locked up for longer periods because of permafrost.Fires moving across the landscape can release a lot of carbon. And researchers assumed released carbon spurred more plant growth, balancing the books. That assumption might be revised now.By modeling the effect of long-term fire history on the ecosystem, Genet says it looks like more carbon is being released than captured.“The way we have spun up the model before leads to an underestimation of the carbon loss in Interior Alaska or at least in regions that are exposed to fire regimes.”Genet and McGuire’s study just looks at the Yukon Flats. But if the same conditions occur in similar Arctic and sub-Arctic boreal forests, where roughly a third of the Earth’s terrestrial carbon is stored, the implications to climate change could be dire.last_img read more


Concerned by potential slur, students oust Thunder Bears as district mascot

first_imgJuneau Schools | SportsConcerned by potential slur, students oust Thunder Bears as district mascotMarch 11, 2018 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:Juneau-Douglas High School students Molly Minick, Clark Toutai, Theo Houck and Katie McKenna listen as a community member testifies at a meeting about whether to keep the district’s Thunder Bear mascot on Saturday. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)It’s back to the drawing board to find a mascot for Juneau’s combined high school sports teams. Students decided Saturday that Thunder Bears, which students across the district chose last month, would need to be reevaluated after an alternative meaning was discovered online. Nine student representatives from Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas high schools spent their Saturday morning listening to testimony from members of the community at the state Capitol.  In the end, they voted to send Thunder Bears back to the committee tasked with selecting it. “I’ve seen some of the effects of the Thunder Bears decision initially already taking place in our school and it’s already been used as a slur,” said Juneau-Douglas sophomore Katie McKenna. She said she had heard someone using the term offensively in class last week, and was concerned that allowing it to continue as the district mascot would promote racist stereotypes. Flags were raised after students and district administrators learned of an entry defining “thunderbear” as a term for people who drink too much, usually of Native American descent. Since Friday, two more thunderbear definitions have been added without negative meanings. Although the posting is from 2004 and the website is known for assigning raunchy meanings to otherwise harmless words, the school district decided to bring student leaders together to decide whether or not to keep the mascot. They reached out to Juneau Reps. Sam Kito III and Justin Parish, who moderated the meeting. The majority of testimony and public comment supported keeping the mascot. About 30 community members listened as school board member Emil Mackey testified that he had looked up the other mascots considered besides Thunder Bears on Urban Dictionary. He pointed out that both “orca” and “senator” have offensive definitions on the website. “Bear” and “falcon,” the district’s existing high school mascots, also have alternative definitions. Mackey argued that deciding what is or isn’t offensive off of an unmoderated online post could allow anyone to influence future decisions by making up posts online.  “But if we can create what that symbolism is, and we own it and we shape it, we can make it a positive symbol,” Mackey said. “And that, to me, is the more powerful of the two choices.”Thunder Mountain senior Josh Quinto testified that the Thunder Bear has in fact been an unofficial mascot for the district for several years. He said the districtwide drama, debate and forensics club and the joint high school wrestling team argue over who came up with it. “It sounded silly, it was a joke but everyone liked the joke and it wasn’t meant to be racist, it was meant to be a fun joke between JD and TM,” Quinto said. “It’s like, ‘Hey, we’re the Thunder Bears. Not the Bears or the Falcons — we’re the Thunder Bears!’”Quinto said he doesn’t understand the criticism surrounding the name. He is Alaska Native, and has grown up hearing about the racism his grandmother and mother have faced in their lives, but said neither of them consider the term offensive. “To me this all seems kind of silly. It reminds me of when there was the big joke about the Starbucks cup just being red, being offensive,” Quinto said. “That’s kind of how I’m seeing it as someone who knows how my parents and grandparents faced racism.”The committee will meet to discuss potential options for a replacement. It’s not yet clear if high school students will be asked to vote on the new mascot again.Share this story:last_img read more


Former senator, longtime Alaska Native leader Albert Kookesh dies

first_imgSealaska | SoutheastFormer senator, longtime Alaska Native leader Albert Kookesh diesMay 29, 2021 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka and Nat Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:Albert Kookesh in his legislative office in 2012 when he was a state senator. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/Coastalaska)Longtime Alaska Native leader Albert Kookesh has died, his family announced Friday.Kookesh was a legendary figure in Southeast Alaska, starting as a star basketball player at Mount Edgecumbe High School.He served in the Alaska state Senate and House, and he chaired the Alaska Federation of Natives and Sealaska Corporation, the Native corporation for his region. He was also an advisor to former governors Bill Walker and Tony Knowles.Kookesh was 72 and died in his hometown of Angoon, surrounded by loved ones, his family said. He had been suffering from prostate cancer.Kookesh represented Angoon in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1997-2004 before moving over to the Alaska Senate for another seven years from 2005-2012.Kookesh’s senate territory was a huge, mostly rural district that covered Metlakatla to the Bering Sea. His district was branded “The Iceworm District” for its resemblance to the long, skinny relative of the common earthworm that lives in glacial ice.The district was split during redistricting in 2012 when Southeast Alaska lost its third senator to population growth in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Kookesh and his colleague, Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman, were forced into a showdown that year that neither really wanted.“Albert and myself had several conversations well before the election campaigning even started,” Stedman said. “And one of the things we wanted to make sure didn’t happen was that no matter who was selected as a senator in Southeast, that we didn’t have a divisive election and a divided senate district.”Stedman won the seat and Kookesh ended his legislative career — but his influence didn’t end. Sen. Stedman says former Sen. Kookesh remained a prominent voice in Southeast issues.“When he was out of the Senate, we’d have conversations about policy issues also because he grew up in Southeast and knew the country very, very well,” Stedman said.Kookesh was a 1967 graduate of Mt. Edgecumbe High School and a gold medal basketball player. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Alaska Methodist University in 1971 and a doctorate in law from the University of Washington in 1976.Kookesh never practiced law — a fact he was always quick to point out to reporters. He was a legislator, he would say, not a lawyer.Kookesh divided his time between his legislative duties and service on the boards of both Sealaska and the village corporation for Angoon, Kootznoowoo, Inc.The Alaska House Majority Coalition issued a statement recognizing the extraordinary legacy of Kookesh.“Albert was a lifelong advocate for his people, a force in Alaska politics, and a legendary Alaska Native leader,” wrote former speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon. “He achieved the trifecta of serving in the Senate, as co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, and as president of the Sealaska board. My thoughts are with his wife, Sally, his entire family, and the community of Angoon.”Share this story:last_img read more


Government Restart Grant delivers €1.3m to businesses in Laois

first_img“This is crucial to helping Laois businesses to get back on their feet after what has been such a difficult few months.“The funding is designed to help businesses with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures.“Businesses can avail of between €2,000 and €10,000 for this purpose.“Getting these businesses back open is so important to the revival of our local economy here in Laois as they are such important employers.“This is in addition to a range of other supports for businesses to help them through the pandemic.“The €7.4 billion July Stimulus had a range of measures designed to stimulate a jobs-led recovery and build economic confidence while continuing to manage the impact of Covid-19.“It will provide a boost to the economy, building confidence and moving us towards a more sustainable future in Laois and across all regions of the country.“The application form for the Restart Grant is available on the Council’s website.“I encourage all micro and small business owners in Laois to take a look at the website and apply for the grant to help them get up and running again after COVID-19.”SEE ALSO – Property: 27 acres of prime agricultural land for sale in Clough, Ballacolla, with Hennessy Auctioneers Laois businesses have received €1,349,531 to date from the Government’s COVID-19 Restart Grant to help them get back on their feet.Fine Gael Deputy Charlie Flanagan says this money is crucial to helping businesses recover after the Coronavirus shutdown.Deputy Flanagan said: “Laois County Council is responsible for administering the Government’s Restart Grant and has confirmed that small and micro businesses in Laois have now been allocated €1,349,531. By Alan Hartnett – 6th August 2020 Home News Government Restart Grant delivers €1.3m to businesses in Laois News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest TAGSrestart grant Pinterest Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook WhatsApp Government Restart Grant delivers €1.3m to businesses in Laoiscenter_img Electric Picnic Twitter News Facebook Previous articleLate Dwyer point sees Spink and Slieve Bloom share spoils in Junior ‘B’ openerNext articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, August 6, 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more


Permit Parking in Lucea Come Monday

first_imgRelatedPermit Parking in Lucea Come Monday Permit Parking in Lucea Come Monday Local GovernmentOctober 9, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Effective Monday, October 12, permit parking will be officially introduced in the town of Lucea, Hanover.The move is aimed at eliminating indiscriminate street parking, which causes traffic congestion and general disorder in the town, and also earn revenue for the Hanover Parish Council.Mayor of Lucea, Councillor Lloyd Hill, told JIS News that everything is in place for Monday’s start.He said that the designated streets have been marked, the necessary signs are up, permit tickets have been printed, the Parish Council has acquired some vehicle clamps, and the municipal police are ready to monitor the process.The streets on which permit parking will be allowed are: Millers Drive, Moseley Drive, Hanover Street, Willie Deliser Boulevard and Church Street.It will cost $50 per hour to park on any of the streets and tickets will be available at the Parish Council office and at three locations in close proximity to the prescribed parking areas.Persons caught parking in ‘No Parking’ areas throughout the town will have their vehicles clamped, which will only be removed after they have paid a $2,500 fee.Mayor Hill said that the new permit parking system has the blessing of the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as it will make their job in policing the town much easier. RelatedPermit Parking in Lucea Come Mondaycenter_img RelatedPermit Parking in Lucea Come Monday Advertisementslast_img read more


Year of transition for Pacific Language Weeks

first_imgYear of transition for Pacific Language Weeks Pacific languages, cultures and identity are essential to the health and wellbeing of Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand, says Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio.“Language is the key to the definition of our overall Pacific wellbeing.”This year, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) will be supporting nine Pacific Language Weeks driven by Pacific communities.“Language is fundamental to providing Pacific peoples with an anchor to their identity, confidence, and safety as we navigate our way through the economic and social challenges ahead post the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Sio says.In 2020, Pacific Communities displayed their resilience to the COVID-19 environment by moving Language Week activities online. This year will build on last year’s digital successes and with the option to continue online delivery.According to comparisons from Census 2013 to Census 2018, the proportion of speakers of Pacific languages has declined across the board.Minister Sio says this loss of language means the loss of history and a wealth of cultural knowledge and intelligence. “It disconnects our past from our present, and will disadvantage future Pacific generations.”“The 2019 Wellbeing Budget recognised this and provided $20 million over four years toward the support of Pacific languages and cultures. This will fund initiatives critical to reversing the decline in the use of Pacific languages.”Recently, MPP carried out the Pacific Language Weeks Tivaivai Review, which has highlighted the changes community groups want to see in the annual celebrations of our nine Pacific languages.This year signals a year of transition for the Pacific Language Weeks series, MPP will be assessing a themed approach, increase in funding and announcing Language Champion Honours..Although officially termed “Language Weeks”, many have extended activities throughout the year with language funding support provided by MPP to enable year-long language learning initiatives, which are led by our Pacific communities throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand.“Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa began in 2007 founded by Fa’alapotopotoga mo le A’oa’oina o le Gagana Samoa i Aotearoa (FAGASA). In 2009 the Human Rights Commission came on board to support the communities. The Ministry have been supporting Pacific Language Weeks since 2010 and have since grown year on year, promoting and raising awareness of the diversity of our Pacific Languages,” says Aupito William Sio.Language Week Dates 2021:• Rotuman Language Week: Sunday 9 May – Saturday 15 May 2021• Samoa Language Week: Sunday 30 May – Saturday 05 June 2021• Kiribati Language Week: Sunday 11 July – Saturday 17 July 2021• Cook Islands Language Week: Sunday 01 August – Saturday 07 August 2021• Tonga Language Week: Sunday 05 September – Saturday 11 September 2021• Tuvalu Language Week: Sunday 26 September – Saturday 02 October 2021• Fijian Language Week: Sunday 03 October – Saturday 09 October 2021• Niue Language Week: Sunday 17 October – Saturday 23 October 2021• Tokelau Language Week: Sunday 24 October – Saturday 30 October 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Commission, Cook, Cook Islands, environment, Fiji, Government, Human Rights, intelligence, Kiribati, New Zealand, Niue, pacific, Pacific Peoples, resilience, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalulast_img read more


BMW’s 2021 electric ix3 will boast 286 hp and 354-km range

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Mercedes-Benz is pushing back the Canadian launch of its first full EV Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement That launch date also puts it ahead of the Mercedes-Benz EQC in making it to market in North America. The battery, transmission and motor are all built into one housing to keep the unit compact. The motor powers the rear wheels only, but an all-wheel-drive variant will likely drop later on. Range will likely be rated by the EPA at about 220 miles per charge (354 km).RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 BMW iX3 concept  Handout / BMW Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSBMWSUVLuxuryElectric CarsLuxury CarsElectric VehiclesLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles See More Videos BMW’s all-electric i4 confirmed to get 600 kilometres on a chargeBMW says it will purchase the lithium and cobalt for the batteries directly from mining companies instead of third parties, and that the components that power the iX3 will be produced in-house as well. The motors will also be produced without the use of rare-earth metals.While BMW has been experimenting with grille designs, the iX3 will feature a classic double-kidney-bean grille befitting of a traditional BMW, even if that’s what it ain’t. The brand even developed sensors that can see through chrome just so it could throw the trademark-style grille on the fascia.The iX3 will begin production in 2020 in China, where it will be assembled under contract by state-owned automaker Brilliance; this’ll make it the first North-American-market BMW to wear a “made in China” label. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | BMW’s upcoming ix3 electric crossover will offer 286 horsepower and an estimated 354 km of battery range per charge when it goes on sale in Canada in 2020, the automaker said mid-December.The SUV will be the first in a long line of new EVs launched by the brand next decade, and will essentially be an electric version of its X3 crossover.Powering the iX3 will be BMW’s fifth-generation electric powertrain technology, fed by a 74-kWh lithium-ion battery pack; the electric motors should deliver about 286 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more


CU-Boulder Student Awarded Urban Land Institute Fellowship

first_imgJason Newcomer, a CU-Boulder MBA student, has been selected to receive the Urban Land Institute’s Graduate Student Fellowship. The fellowship program encourages top real estate students to become involved in the ULI and allows them to participate in professional events and educational activities at a formative point in their careers. In addition to receiving a two-year membership to the ULI, fellows are also given fee waivers and travel allowances to attend ULI-sponsored conferences and events. CU Real Estate Council member Bruce Etkin sponsored the Leeds School’s ULI endowment. Prospective fellows are evaluated by the ULI staff and ULI’s Student Fellowship Committee. “ULI’s emphasis on environmental responsibility aligns well with the Leeds School’s focus on the connection between business and society,” said Leeds School Dean Steven Manaster. “We are proud to be part of this program.” The ULI is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and consists of 17,000 members working in real estate development and land use policy-making in the public and private sectors. The organization was founded in 1936. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 6, 2003 last_img read more


Boonin appointed chair of Philosophy Department

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: July 21, 2015 Steven Leigh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, today announced that David Boonin will serve as the new chair of the Philosophy Department. Boonin, a philosophy professor and former associate dean for arts and humanities, will assume the new role prior to the start of the fall semester. Andrew Cowell, who served as interim department chair since February 2014, will return to his home department and become the chair of Linguistics.“I asked Andy to take on this short-term assignment last year and improve the climate and culture within the Philosophy Department,” Leigh said. “Andy has done a superb job of building collegiality and putting the department on the right track for success. David has also been a key player in that progress. I have every confidence that David will build on the advancement made over the past two years.”The Philosophy faculty unanimously supported Boonin’s appointment. Boonin joined the Philosophy faculty in 1998 and served as department chair from 2006 to 2010, before being promoted to associate dean. He completed his service of the latter assignment on June 30. Boonin earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history from Yale University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.“The Philosophy Department has clearly been making progress under difficult and challenging circumstances,” Boonin said. “And while we still have a number of important issues to work on, the College’s decision to appoint a member of the Department as chair is encouraging evidence that we have turned a significant corner. I’m committed to doing everything I can in this position to assure that the Department continues to move forward on issues involving respect, collegiality and equity. I’m confident that my colleagues will do everything they can as well.”center_img Categories:AcademicsCampus Communitylast_img read more


For grad students: 8 things to know in October

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 28, 2018 From mentoring and tutoring opportunities to networking events, workshops, trainings and more, see what’s going on for graduate students this month.R Workshop Series: R, Level ZeroWednesday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m. | Norlin Library, Room E206 The Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) invites graduate students to join its R Workshop Series. This first workshop covers the basics of getting started with R; no previous experience or software is necessary. More advanced workshops to follow. Space is limited; register today.Getting Started weekly writing seminar launches Oct. 5.Every Friday, starting Oct. 5, 10–11 a.m. For MA, MFA and PhD students who have not taken their comprehensive exams, this Getting Started accountability seminar helps graduate students set goals and establish good writing habits, while fostering relationships with peers across disciplines. Email [email protected] to RSVP. Check the Graduate School website for meeting locations and a listing of other weekly writing workshops and write-ins.GradTalks coffee hourWednesday, Oct. 12, 8–9:30 a.m. | Museum of Natural History, BioLounge Join the monthly GradTalks coffee hour to meet Dean Ann Schmiesing and Graduate School staff. Bagels, tea and coffee provided.Boulder Connections: PhD Lives and LivelihoodsFriday, Oct. 19, 1:30–4 p.m.; reception until 5 p.m. Join other PhD students for a networking event with successful professionals working in the Boulder/Denver area who’ve received PhDs from CU in the arts, humanities and humanistic social sciences. Register now to reserve a spot. Email [email protected] with questions.Tutors needed for student-athletesThe Herbst Academic Center for Student-Athletes is hiring subject tutors to support student-athletes in the following areas: anthropology, applied mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, economics, engineering, environmental science, ethnic studies, finance, geography, history, mathematics, philosophy, political science and sociology. Pay is hourly: master’s level $13 per hour; doctoral level $15 per hour. Email [email protected] for more information.Mentors needed for McNair Scholars ProgramMcNair Scholars Program, which focuses on increasing graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society, seeks graduate students interested in serving as mentors or as guest speakers at workshops and events. Email [email protected] if you’d like to participate.Announcing professional development certificationsThe Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) are offering a series of professional development certifications in the areas of Research & Writing, Professionalism, and Career Exploration & Preparation. Email [email protected] for more information.Required training for all new graduate studentsThe Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance requires online training on discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct through SkillSoft for all graduate students who are new to CU Boulder.Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitylast_img read more


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