Coal Fading From U.S. Energy Landscape

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daniel J. Graber for UPI:This year will be the first time in history natural gas overtakes coal as the main source of electricity, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports.“In EIA’s forecast, natural gas provides 33 percent of generation in 2016 while coal’s share falls to 32 percent,” the administration said in a short-term market forecast.The U.S. Interior Department in January announced the start of a review of the federal coal program to identify potential reforms. While the review is ongoing, the Interior Department is pausing new coal leasing on public lands, with continued mining under existing leases. The review process is expected to take three years.Natural gas is becoming the primary source of electricity in the nation. Prior to April 2015, the total monthly share of electricity generated by coal had always been greater than gas.Apart from federal considerations on cleaner power sources, the EIA’s report said coal has started to drop off in favor of natural gas because of lower costs. During an eight-year period ending in 2008, coal was less expensive than natural gas and helped coal dominate the energy landscape. Since the onset of the shale era in 2009, the price gap narrowed.The Supreme Court stayed implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan pending ongoing litigation. Nevertheless, EIA said some coal-plant operators will be faced with moving away from coal use or retiring plants altogether.EIA estimates total U.S. coal production will decline 3 percent this year as the country pushes a low-carbon agenda.Coal fading from U.S. energy landscape Coal Fading From U.S. Energy Landscapelast_img read more

Major insurers back away from Adani’s planned Carmichael mine in Australia

first_imgMajor insurers back away from Adani’s planned Carmichael mine in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A group aggressively working across the globe to push insurance companies away from the coal sector say some of the world’s largest insurers will not be covering Adani Mining Pty Ltd’s controversial Carmichael coal mine in Australia.Ten of the world’s top insurance companies have explicitly refused to insure the mine or have previously pledged not to provide cover for new coal projects, the Unfriend Coal campaign announced Dec. 19. The revelation followed the Adani Enterprises Ltd. unit’s recent announcement the company would be self-financing the project after revising its mining plan to simplify construction and reduce the initial capital requirements for the mine and associated infrastructure.“If insurance companies are serious about combatting climate change and aligning their business with the Paris climate agreement, this is an important test case for them,” said Peter Bosshard, director of the finance program for The Sunrise Project and a coordinator of the Unfriend Coal campaign. “There’s a large enough number of insurers who haven’t committed one way or the other so it’s not impossible [the Carmichael mine project] can go further, but I think there’s a decent chance they can’t get insurance for the project. They didn’t manage to secure finance because I think everybody realizes this is a really toxic project.”The list of insurance companies includes what the campaign said was the first major U.S. insurer to take action on coal, Factory Mutual Insurance Co. One company, London-based Beazley Group Ltd wrote back to the campaign that it has no direct involvement with the project “having declined the risk when it was presented earlier this year.”Similarly, Australia-based QBE Insurance Group Ltd.’s chief risk officer Peter Grewal responded to the campaign with a letter saying that while it will not discuss specific customer relationships, it can confirm that it does not provide services to the proposed Carmichael project and will not do so in the future.More than 37 global financial institutions, including all of Australia’s major banks, had publicly turned down involvement with the $1.5 billion project, the campaign said in its announcement. Still, Adani recently said it would immediately begin to work on developing the mine and is working with regulators to finalize hurdles to breaking ground on the project.More ($): Major insurers tell campaign they will not be backing large Australian coal minelast_img read more

Goals, Expectations & Excuses at the Flagline 50k

first_imgAs I crossed the finish line a few weeks ago at the Flagline 50k in Bend OR, I had mixed emotions due to my expectations of how I performed. Expectations of a running performance for me can be both personal and from what others expect out of you. I tend to focus on the personal and most of the time I have been quite hard on myself.I hate nothing more than to hear runners “sandbag” before and after a race. I’ve heard all the excuses imaginable, only to get my back side handed to me during the race by the same runner who considered himself unfit etc. However whether we realize it or not the sandbagging can sometimes be a human mechanism for quelling our own and other’s expectations. If the expectations become too great then it is human nature to diffuse the situation often through runners announcing publically our array of excuses.I’ve probably done this more than I realize or more than I care to acknowledge but I do try to keep my excuses to myself. If I am on the start line at a race, more times than not I’m ready to roll. I felt ready for the Flagline 50k and had fairly high expectations of how I would perform. Secretly I had a goal of breaking four hours, first male master or top three overall. However I did have two fears (excuses) in the back of my mind. The first concern was my ankle that I had sprained and the cause for a DNF at my last ultra. I had my suspect ankle taped and I wore a brace, still I worried. Secondly I knew this race was all above an elevation of 6200’and up to 7200’ so I was concerned some about running at a higher elevation.I finished just slightly below the mark on my goals. I had no issues with the ankle during the race but the higher elevation I felt hurt my time. Since I had set my own expectations to an all or nothing expected outcome, I unwillingly set my self up for failure. I grappled with my performance for the next few days. How much did the elevation affect my performance? It is hard to know but probably not all that much. There was nothing I could do about the altitude and I found myself using that as my excuse time and time again as people asked me how I performed. As I said I hate excuses and sandbagging but here I was consumed with seeking an excuse to help alleviate my own personal expectation and now what other people were possibly considering of my race performance.As the days have passed I’ve come to grips with my performance as acceptable. I chose this race mainly for the beautiful location in Bend, OR at Mount Bachelor and just to try something different in a new area. I wanted to approach this race in a more relaxed, low key mindset but as the days approached my competitive juices took over. My time goals were somewhat arbitrary as I’d never run the course and they were probably too rigid.In retrospect, what I should have done was stick to a three tiered goal approach that I most always use. I rank my race goals in order as A, B, and C. My “A” goal is my pie in the sky, all the planets lining up goal, down to goal “C”, which should still be a very acceptable outcome. Also having multiple goal levels has helped me relax more prior to a race. Setting goals is a great motivational tool as long as you are fair and don’t expect too much of yourself. By setting unattainable expectations and goals you run the risk of diminishing the outcome of your performance and thus the search for those post race excuses. I will soon enough be going back to my three tiered goal for my next race.last_img read more

Deer Shenandoah,

first_imgThe other day I lit off early in the morning for Shenandoah National Park to gather some info and whet my thirst for the road. The plan was to meet with Patrick Fritz – a knowledgeable park employee and great fellow who gave me more maps than I knew what to do with along with some info on an out-of-print trail guidebook that is pure Shenandoah gold (see our March issue for your share of that little nugget) – and afterwards to perform some field recon of my own.I was driving south on Skyline Drive from the Thornton Gap Headquarters and I knew it was going to be a good day of solitary wandering when I suddenly slammed on the brakes of the car because I spotted a Golden Eagle (pretty sure) scouting prey from a dead pine just off the highway. Giddy with excitement to photograph the gorgeous raptor perched just yards away from me, I over-zealously grabbed my camera from the backseat – naturally making too much movement – and scared him off. But the sight alone was enough to put a smile on my face so I pressed onward satisfied.About 30 minutes later I parked alongside the Big Meadows area to do some field hiking and came across a herd of grazing deer. Unlike my ol’ eagle pal, these guys were not camera-shy. In fact, I’m pretty sure they liked getting their photo taken because they kept moving closer to compete to be the center piece in the shot.Deer at Big MeadowsDeer grazing at Big MeadowsBig meadows is a great place to hike. Even in December. The fields have a dark reddish hue complimented by the dominating browns and greys of the leafless trees that border the horizon and the deep greens of the scraggy, wind-barren pines that dot the meadows. The wind was cold but it felt good as it dried the sweat I had built up.From Big Meadows you can park and take a number of trails, camp, eat lunch at the wayside (when it’s open, I believe March-November), or do whatever you need to do. There are some very popular trails in the area like the Dark Hollow Falls trail which features a 70′ waterfall. A trail that is as short as it is is sweet, it was also one that I had been deterred from after Fritz had shared his story of watching a prissy woman in high heels get out of the car and hike it. Not to deter anybody else from taking the trail, the falls are supposedly quite good, but I decided to put it on the back-burner for another day. So I hiked the Lewis Falls Trail to gather some notes for an upcoming article, and was not disappointed.Just a short ways into the woods I ran across this guy.A buck in cautiously watches me in the woods of ShenandoahHiking in the woods was chilly, crisp, and refreshing. I hiked out to the 81′ falls and took some photos for the magazine and breathed in the fresh air. Hiking out I remember thinking it had been a pretty good day in the woods but secretly I was hoping to run across a black bear to complete my fauna quota for the day. Unfortunately they were bumbling about somewhere else. Probably a good thing anyway.So I leave you with this in place of the bear: You can get your hands on all the maps you want, you can study the guidebooks through and through, you can look at my photos, but the only way to really figure anything out is to just get out there and figure it out for yourself. It just so happens that that’s also the most enjoyable and rewarding way to learn about the ways of the woods.  And that’s why I’ll be heading back up to Shenandoah quite soon. Gonna find me them bears.last_img read more

Trail Mix January 2013

first_img Powered by Flash MP3 Player We have but one resolution for 2013 here at Trail Mix . . . to continue to bring you the best roots and independent music that you can download – for free!!! – each and every month!For the second month running, we are lucky enough to have a live cut from a member of one of our favorite bands.  Mike Cooley, singer/songwriter/guitar player for Drive-By Truckers, recently released The Fool On Every Corner, his debut solo record.  This collection of stripped down tunes was recorded live over the course of three nights in March of last year and includes a number of tracks well familiar to Truckers fans.  We kick off this month’s mix with “Cottonseed,” a long time Truckers favorite that Cooley performs here on the banjo.Trail Mix is also excited to include a track from Overmountain Men, the side project of Bob Crawford, bass player for The Avett Brothers , and noted North Carolina singer/songwriter David Childers.  “Poison Cookies” is off of the band’s forthcoming release, The Next Best Thing.Also included this month are tunes from Whitehorse, Carrie Rodriguez, Rising Appalachia, Aly Tadros, Southwork, The Black Lillies, Yellow Red Sparks, Bright Little Fields, John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range, Lady Lazarus, The Scenics, Big Dipper, and A Lion Named Roar.Make sure to check out the track from legendary Athens, Georgia, rockers Bloodkin, the quirky old country sounds of Daniel Romano, live old time nouveau from Colorado’s Elephant Revival, and the plaintive wailing of folkie Chicago Farmer.Our January Trail Mix hints at great things to come for the year 2013.  Thanks for checking it out.  Feel free to stream and download at your leisure, and please spread the word to the other music lovers in your life.  And, as always, seek out a record or two from these fantastic roots artists.  Without your support, they can’t continue making fantastic independent music.Download Trail Mix January 2013 here.Click here to open the player in a new window.Download more music from month’s past here! They never go out of style.No flash player!It looks like you don’t have flash player installed. Click here to go to Macromedia download page.last_img read more

BRO on the Newsplex: North Face Speaker Series

first_imgIn this week’s appearance on the Charlottesville Newsplex, we discussed the upcoming North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series tour stop in Charlottesville presented by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. The North Face speaker series tour brings the company’s top sponsored adventure athletes to the stage in select cities across the U.S. to share their stories of exploration and discovery. Alpine and big wall climber Mark Synnott will be speaking at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on November 5th, 2013 at 7 p.m. He will be sharing photos and video from his remote, spine climbing excursions from the Arctic to the Amazon and everything in between. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the top climbers in the world, ask questions, and hang with some like minded people.The event is free, but you do have to register. You can reserve your spot in the audience here, or purchase reserved seating for $8 and VIP tickets for $20.Below is the full press release on the event with more details:Join the Adventure: The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series BringsMark Synnott to CharlottesvilleThe North Face and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports present Off the MapNovember 5 – Jefferson Theater – 7 p.m.ALAMEDA, California – October 22, 2013— The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Mark Synnott will come to Charlottesville, Va., as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.Mark Synnott will recount his life’s mission – to seek out and climb the world’s most remote cliffs – to Charlottesville residents on November 5. In Off the Map, presented by The North Face and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Mark, a skilled raconteur known for exploring the most seldom-seen places, will temper his tales of high adrenaline with droll humor. Featuring breathtaking images, the evening will be a celebration of adventure.Mark’s quest has taken him to some of the far corners of the earth – to the Arctic, the Karakoram, the Ennedi desert and Amazonian jungles. He most recently led an expedition, partnered with National Geographic and The North Face, exploring the Musandam Peninsula in Oman via sailboat.The presentation will take place at The Jefferson Theater at 110 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902, beginning at 7:00 p.m.The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00. VIP reception tickets, which include preferred seating, a meet and greet with Mark Synnott, and complimentary refreshments, are available for $20.00.  The VIP reception begins immediately following the presentation, and all VIP ticket proceeds benefit Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. After the presentation, all ticket holders are invited to stay for a free performance by Sturgeon City.The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place Oct. 2 through Dec. 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please visit www.thenorthface.com/speakerseries.About The North Face®The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains. For more information, go to www.thenorthface.com.last_img read more

Bird’s Eye View: How Drones are Helping in the Blue Ridge

first_imgDarryl Kerley, Fire Chief of the Oak Ridge Fire Department in eastern Tennessee, has been in the fire service for 38 years. During those nearly four decades of service, he’s seen quite a few changes, from the protective equipment worn to the fire hoses used.“Almost everything has changed as new technology and new science comes forward and brings us information for improvements,” Kerley says.And yet perhaps the most surprising development of all for the Oak Ridge crew came about five years ago when drones entered the sphere of fire service. Though Kerley had experimented with drones personally through various family members and friends who had a cam-copter of their own, he never thought he’d see the day when a drone would be considered essential fire service gear. Now, he has.“The uses for drones in the fire service are almost limitless,” Kerley says. “In a few years, I think you’ll see a drone on every fire truck.”The Oak Ridge Fire Department already has a drone of their own, with plans to buy a few more, and as of this month, the department officially became certified to pilot drones in the name of not just public safety, but firefighter safety, too.“Our entire program is based around improving service to our citizens while reducing risk to our firefighters, and drone technology is an impressive way to do that,” Kerley says. “It’s safer and faster and much more efficient to send an $800 dollar drone to see what’s going on and collect what information we need.”In the case of Oak Ridge, a city with a heavy manufacturing industry, the issues of safety and cost efficiency are of the utmost importance when answering calls for hazardous materials. On average, a hazmat suit used by the Oak Ridge Fire Department can cost anywhere between $900 and $3,000. To answer one of these calls requires two firefighters to dress out in hazmat suits ($4,000), air packs ($12,000), and radios ($8,000).“That’s about $25,000 worth of equipment plus the risk of the lives of our firefighters to see what’s happening,” Kerley says. “Now, we can deploy a drone down there in two minutes and if it gets contaminated, it’s only $800 and that’s less than the price of one [hazmat] suit.”“If a drone only costs that, it’s kinda expendable, right?” says Dr. Thomas Alberts, a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor at Old Dominion University. “All of a sudden, you’re not having to risk a person to save somebody or locate a fire, and that’s a real benefit.”Alberts is part of the 4-VA Virginia Drones Project, a collaborative academic course offered through Old Dominion University, James Madison University, and George Mason University. The project, which started in the spring of 2016, provides students with the hands-on, real-world experience needed to build and pilot drones for environmental and social issues.“There’s a lot of potential for drones to do almost anything that people can do, and while that might be bad news for some people, onward, it can really be a good thing,” Alberts says.Students have already built and launched drones for a variety of applications—one team at James Madison is using drones to study the behavior of bees in an effort to develop a solution to their sharp decline; another team at JMU is using drone technology to determine the effect of climate change on a historically and culturally significant wall in Cartagena, Colombia; the students at ODU where Alberts works, have created drones to map tidal flooding, aid in sea rescues, and assist the local Corova Beach Fire Department.Despite these advances, you’d be hard-pressed to find such positive anecdotes about drone technology in the national media, yet stories abound of drones invading privacy and crashing into national park treasures. Just last July, a Louisville, Ky., man was arrested for shooting his neighbor’s drone out of the sky (he claimed the drone was spying on his 16-year-old daughter, who was sunbathing, and the judge dismissed the case). In Yellowstone, there’s still a drone at the bottom of Grand Prismatic hot spring from when a tourist crashed the quadcopter in August of 2014. It’s no wonder drones have such a bad rap.Drone photography has become increasingly popular among adventuresports photographers for its ability to provide a unique bird’s eye view. / Chris Gragtmans“They’re not a toy but they’re being sold as toys,” Kerley says. “You can go anyplace now and buy a drone.”Because of that accessibility, it’s likely that we’re going to see more, not fewer, drones in the future, especially as they pertain to the service sector. In July 2015, the first government-approved drone delivery took place in Wise County, Va. The drone dropped off 24 packages of medical supplies to a Remote Area Medical pop-up clinic in the rural southwest Virginia county.Its success paved the way for the Emerging Drone Industry Cluster program, a workforce development initiative announced last fall and funded largely by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The program will benefit Wise County, an area heavily affected by the coal industry’s decline, in the form of jobs and local investment opportunities. In its first year, the program will train 64 new workers, including former coal industry employees, to operate drones for projects such as geospatial surveys and mapping.“It requires a little bit of training,” says Alberts, “but you don’t have to be a general aviation pilot to be able to understand and fly a drone,” which might be good news for some, like firemen and former coal miners learning a new trade, but bad news for others fearful of the new age of peeping Toms.#BROtalk: What do you think about drone usage in the outdoors? Is it good, bad, or negligible? Can it enhance the experience, or does it negatively impact time in the woods? We want to hear from you! Drop us a comment here or use the hashtag #BROtalk to give us your two cents.last_img read more

The Great Green Hope: Land trusts are saving millions of acres across the South

first_imgUnder the current administration, the public lands system isn’t likely to expand anytime soon. Thankfully, land trusts in Appalachia and across the country have been buying up scenic wildlands—often on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.Many popular public lands in the Blue Ridge owe their protection to land trusts—including Stringer’s Ridge in Chattanooga, Five Points Recreation Area in Georgia, Hump Mountain along the Appalachian Trail, and Carvins Cove Natural Reserve in Roanoke.But land protection is like a puzzle with missing pieces.“You look at a map of a state park or national forest, especially here in the East, and it looks like this continuous green swath of managed land. Well, that’s not really the case,” says Andrew Kota, executive director of the Foothills Conservancy. “There are lots of holes.”Even one inholding, like the recently protected 50-acre parcel in the Fires Creek watershed of Nantahala National Forest, can disrupt conservation goals and create tension. Private landowners had previously threatened to build a private road through the national forest and cut off access to the beloved Fires Creek Rim Trail. After ten years, the parcel was purchased last year by Mainspring Trust, which will eventually transfer ownership to the Nantahala National Forest. The purchase secures full access to the Fires Creek Rim Trail, squashes any potential reduction of scenic value from development, and ensures protection of Fires Creek, a North Carolina “Outstanding Resource Water.”For Steve Raper with Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR), working in tandem with land trusts enables states to participate, “in the protection of a lot of land we couldn’t otherwise conserve.”Land donated or sold to land trusts is considered a charitable gift, making landowners eligible for tax benefits. If landowners sell their property for a lower price, they can reap the difference between fair market and the bargain sale values as a tax deduction.But land trusts must still come up with the funds to purchase large, valuable tracts of land. Most funds come from foundations and private donors. Competition for funding, however, hasn’t created friction between organizations. Instead, many land trusts in the Blue Ridge are working together.The Southeast is home to 180 land trusts, with millions of protected acres between them. Altogether, United States land trusts are responsible for protecting an amount of land equivalent to the size of Utah, about 54 million acres.Nine land trusts in Western North Carolina, including Foothills, coalesced in 2005 under the name Blue Ridge Forever, creating a collective vision for increased protection of the region’s public lands, sensitive natural resources, and working lands. The partnership has identified 26 areas of conservation concern, and within each area of concern, identified the land trusts leading the charge. To date, the partnership has met many of its conservation goals.For Foothills, contributing to the larger vision, but staying within its self-defined boundary, brings outside support while enabling the organization to keep its roots local.“We know the people, we know the towns,” Kota explains of Foothills’ region centered around Morganton. “We understand the landscape the best.”Blue Ridge Forever’s current goal is to protect another 20,000 acres across Western North Carolina by 2020.Land trusts try to stay non-political, says Kota, because land protection benefits everyone. But the funding sources for land protection are often politicized. Large funding sources, like the Farm Bill and Land and Water Conservation Fund, are especially important for land trusts purchasing property. The Trump Administration and Congress have slashed funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in recent years.The five states with the fastest population growth are all in the South: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia. And 71% of American land remains privately owned. Much of that land has conservation value, representing an opportunity for land trusts to protect land in perpetuity.“Forever is a long time,” says David Perry, executive director of Blue Ridge Land Conservancy in Roanoke, Va., but landowners, “don’t want to see the land become a neighborhood named after the trees that used to be here.”The value of private conservation land is sometimes harder to quantify for the public. It’s likely you won’t see private conservation land on a trail map, but its protection enhances wildlife habitat, water quality, scenic views, and even spurs economic growth.“Conserving land is improving the economy,” says Perry. “Farms, wineries, bed and breakfasts, agritourism, recreation, and other commercial activity can take place and is complementary to conservation value.”Land trusts have, for the most part, enjoyed stable support from Washington and from leaders within their respective states. That’s remarkable considering the contentious political scene that has public lands and environment protection in its crosshairs.Kota and Perry agree that land trusts offer something for everyone on the political spectrum: recreation opportunities, critical ecosystem services, agricultural protection, heritage preservation, tax breaks (which are especially important for farmers and ranchers), and voluntary, local-level decision making.But a new controversy threatens to tarnish their reputation. Around the turn of the New Year, Fortune Magazine published “The Billion Dollar Loophole,” shining the spotlight on a loophole in conservation tax laws enabling some investors to cash in on conservation.The loophole revolves around arrangements called syndicated deals. Investors buy property with highly inflated appraisals, and then use conservation easements to receive a sizeable tax deduction.To many land trusts and other conservation groups, these deals are a threat to their cause. They may represent a small number of transactions, says Perry, but they equate to “egregious abuses,” and most importantly, “the kinds of things that can sour an entire land conservation movement.”A bill to limit syndicated deals was introduced last November. The Land Trust Alliance, in representation of 1,000-plus land trusts, supports the bill.last_img read more

What to Listen to: Outdoor Podcasts

first_img However, she did listen to a few podcast episodes while on her A.T. thru hike in 2014. In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal about the sounds of the telegraph that had just come to his home of Concord: “We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.”   She also listens to She Explores and The Joy Trip Project. Both podcasts cover a wide range of outdoor activities and tell the stories of some “seriously inspiring people getting outside.” Dan Mantena and his Charlotte Running Club team outran 200 teams to win the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay last year.  Mantena prefers the mountain ascents, where “climbing builds toughness, teaches you how to suffer and to embrace the grind.” A.T. THRU-HIKER Ellen Kanzinger Charlotte Running Club / Blue Ridge Relay 2018 team champion Zach Davis Specifically, she listens to The Outdoor Biz Podcast because “it inspires my work in outdoor development with our regional economic development organization,” and Outdoor Industry Association’s Audio Outdoorist, which is an organization “committed to the outdoor industry and tracking its contributions to our nation’s economic viability, with the podcast focusing on politics surrounding the outdoor industry.” A.T. THRU-HIKER “But, that’s understandable when you’re on a six month journey to hike 2,000+ miles, right?” she said.   His favorite is Joe Budden, whom he described as “more conversational than most podcasts… with three friends musing about navigating through life, critical reviews of the latest releases, hip-hop culture, and news in an unfiltered and deadpan format that is raw, real and hilarious.”  Kayla Carter Here is a short list of favorite podcasts selected by outdoor-minded adventurers in the Blue Ridge: Dan Mantena “I’m developing a podcast that will cover outdoor recreation, music, and environmental issues.” “I’ve recently taken up running as a hobby and workout routine, so I’ll listen to them when I have an easy goal set for the day or on a walk by myself.” Gerry James “Beer interviews some of the top athletes, coaches, and experts in the endurance world. His podcast aims to inspire the pursuit of your physical best performance, how the world’s top physical performers achieve their success as well as the highs, the lows, and the journey of getting there.” Carter was instrumental in creating her own podcast, too: the Appalachian Trail Tennessee Network Podcast launched last spring and recorded 21 episodes in an effort to “document the trail’s positive impact on our economy while also highlighting the natural beauty here in Northeast Tennessee.”   Zach Davis became an avid podcast listener after stumbling upon the Joe Rogan Experience while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2011.  “Boredom on trail is very real, and podcasts are my ideal solution,” said Davis, founder and editor-in-chief of The Trek, a platform for long distance backpacking enthusiasts. But he also adds,  “There’s immense value in practicing mindfulness, for which extended periods in nature without distraction is the perfect scenario for this pursuit.”  Thoreau would have never fathomed how the dots and dashes of the telegraph he disliked have evolved into our ability today to bring the music and stories of the world directly to our ears wherever we may be.   Blue Ridge Outdoors Travel Editor Ellen Kanzinger listens to podcasts on her 30-minute walk to work every day, She also listens when driving to outdoor destinations around the region while on assignment for BRO.  Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting is one of her favorites. “It covers a wide range of topics including environmental issues like deadly wildfires, shark fishing, and lead in water sources.” “I curate playlists to drive me as I glide through the water,” he says.  “When you’re out there on the water for three-plus hours marathon-paddling alone, it’s nice to have a companion,” said James, the American Canoe Association Volunteer of the Year in 2017 and one of BRO’s 30 under 30 last year for his work founding the Explore Kentucky Initiative and Kentucky Waterman Series. James has even begun exploring the production side of podcasting.    He doesn’t listen to podcasts or music when training. “There is a lot of noise in the world, so I prefer to either be with my own thoughts or talk to others if running in a pack. Quietness also helps build mental toughness and train the inner voice.”  However, the Australian-born Mantena travels a lot for work, which led him to becoming an avid podcast-listener. His favorite, the weekly The Physical Performance Show by Australian physiotherapist Brad Beer.     29-year-old Kayla Carter doesn’t listen to podcasts outdoors for the most part, where she would rather be making connections to the natural environment and also building relationships with the people she’s with.  Athletes and Experts Reveal Their Favorite Podcasts Music has become a fundamental part of experiencing the outdoors for many, including paddler Gerry James. PADDLER  Along with Juliana Chauncey, he co-hosts Backpacker Radio, a bi-weekly show featuring interviews with prominent long distance backpackers and adventurers, one of three active podcasts on The Trek. HIKER Over 48 million Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis, up 6 million from 2017.  One third of Americans age 25-54 listen to podcasts at least once a month. last_img read more

Suriname, France Step Up Security Cooperation

first_imgBy Dialogo January 14, 2010 Suriname and France signed an agreement on Tuesday to step up security cooperation on the border with French Guiana, Suriname Justice and Police Minister Chan Santokhi said. “In the past we have signed justice cooperation agreements and now we extend our cooperation with joint operations regarding public order,” Santokhi said after the signing ceremony. “It will enable us to provide more security in the area,” he said, adding that this includes “assistance from French firemen, joint operation in traffic incidents, disasters, cross-border crimes or joint trainings”, the minister explained. In the coming days the two countries hope to sign a 400,000 euro financial aid agreement approved in 2008 by the French government to boost up the police and justice cooperation in Suriname. French Ambassador Richard Barbeyron France would also invest in other projects through its its international development agency, whose director was scheduled to hold talks here Tuesday with members of the cabinet. Suriname and French Guiana share common problems with drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal gold mining, and border enforcement. In 2009, Suriname and France signed a 40 million euros loan agreement, most of which will be used to upgrade a road linking Paramaribo to Albina, a city on the French Guiana border.last_img read more