You have to get up pretty early in the morning if you want to record Alaska’s wild sounds with author Hank Lentfer and his audio partner Richard Nelson. (I mean, who eats breakfast at 3:30 a.m.?) But when you hear the result—a wolf’s long, solemn howl by the seashore—you’ll be wide awake. The experience feels like you’re being transported to the mist-wrapped forests of humanity’s dawn. Shivers.
Other things to know this morning:
You know how fracking is making Oklahoma the earthquake capital of the United States? Well, the state recorded 20 quakes this week. Wait, let me rephrase that: Oklahoma had 20 earthquakes just on Tuesday.
Over a year after the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster killed 47 people, an independent government agency report concluded that the Canadian government failed to properly inspect the railroad company responsible.
Gas up the vegetable-oil Vanagon, because Neil Young and Willie Nelson are putting on a rock show to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Called “Harvest the Hope,” the concert will take place September 27 on the farm of one Nebraskan who’s refusing to sell out to TransCanada, KXL’s owner. Get tickets before they’re gone! (Proceeds benefit two local anti-pipeline groups.)
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