Reading Roundup - August 11

Alaska Division of Oil and Gas plans geothermal lease sale for volcano near Anchorage

By Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon, August 5, 2023

The Alaska Division of Oil and Gas is preparing to hold a lease sale for Mount Spurr geothermal resources, two years after issuing noncompetitive permits to two companies to explore for geothermal energy resources on specific parcels on the 11,070-foot Spurr.

Carbon Capture Equals Millions in Health Benefits, Study Says

Study by The Great Plains Institute and Carbon Solutions LLC, August 2023

A study by the Great Plains Institute explains carbon capture is a valuable technology for reducing the carbon emissions of point source emitters in various sectors. It can also be used to retrofit a facility with additional benefits. 

One of the primary co-benefits of carbon capture, and the focus of this study, is the improvement of air quality and associated health benefits from the removal of co-pollutants at a facility.

Strava’s New Tool Helps Runners Calculate Carbon Savings

By Laura Ratliff, Runner’s World, August 7, 2023

Strava's commute feature in the app will display the amount of carbon saved on user activities labeled as "commute", to encourage users to choose less carbon-intensive means of commuting.

A long-awaited hydro project in Angoon has the go-ahead, if money can be found to build it

By Robert Woolsey, KCAW, August 8, 2023

The US Forest Service granted a special use permit for a small-scale hydroelectric project on Thayer Creek near Angoon, Alaska. The Alaska Native village corporation, Kootznoowoo, Inc., is now seeking construction funding for the project, which is expected to replace costly diesel power.

Alaska critical minerals take center stage

By Shane Lasley, North of 60 Mining News, August 4, 2023

Alaska's critical minerals supply and future potential have gained attention in recent news stories, including the Pentagon's investment in Graphite One Inc. and China's restrictions on the exports of gallium and germanium. The Red Dog mine, the largest critical minerals-producing mine in the US, is responsible for 4% of the world's zinc and germanium. Alaska's potential to break America's dependence on these minerals could be a significant economic engine for the state, providing resources needed for competitiveness in the 21st century.


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