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Study Investigates Potential Impacts Of Road Development On Western Arctic Caribou Herd

first_imgIn March, a group of researchers announced the results of a multi-year study assessing the impacts to caribou habitat of a potential service road from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District.Download AudioTheir research is one of the first wildlife biology studies looking at whether a road through a stretch of the Interior would disrupt the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, which is vital to subsistence users across Western Alaska.Kyle Joly is with the National Park Service, which, along with the Wilderness Society and U.S. Geological Survey, conducted the study. He says the results showed minimal effects from a road on the areas where caribou spend their winters.“We do not expect that impacts to winter range will be great from this one road,” he said.But Joly is quick to caution that the results are one small glimpse of the full picture.“You know this is just the first phase of the project, and the authors of the paper and other researchers are working on other aspects to look at how the road might impact other aspects of caribou ecology,” Joly said. “More than likely this will be just be the first one in a long suite of studies.”The study looked at a swath of land starting by Bettles, and moving westward towards the community of Ambler in the Northwest Arctic Borough. That’s the path proposed by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority as part of a Roads to Resources project.Joly and his research partners spent four years monitoring where caribou spend their time, and cataloging the environmental factors that led the animals to pick those spots. The researchers mapped three potential routes the industrial road could go, then checked how big of a disturbance each one would be to the conditions caribou seem to like.Joly says the results showed just 1.5-8.5 percent of the favorable range would be upset by the road. But he’s cautious about what that means for development.“Well what shouldn’t be read into it is that there’s no impact to the caribou or the Western Arctic herd,” Joly said. “What we did is look at just one aspect of caribou ecology, which is winter range—just for this singular road”Many of the ecological effects on caribou, Joly says, wouldn’t register until after a road were built, and can’t yet be studied.“So we did not look at any potential impacts to migration, any potential impacts of increased harvest that might come from a road, and we also didn’t look at any potential development that might be facilitated by this road,” Joly said.The caribou habitat study is set to be published in the journal Arctic later this year.last_img read more


Suppliers to the telecom giant are already signaling problems but other 5G

first_img HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 Sponsored Content by Xiaomi Huawei: Everything You Need to KnowIncluding details on Trump’s ban on the Chinese telecom giant. ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:00Loaded: 4.16%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Not only can it not sell products into the U.S., but American companies—particularly in high tech—face severe restrictions on what they can deliver to the Chinese company.“Technology as defined in the export regulations can’t be sold to Huawei without a license,” said Doreen Edelman, a partner at law firm Lowenstein Sandler and chair of the global trade and policy group. “Companies have to figure out how to change their supply chains or customer base or what they manufacture and sell.”And Huawei is a big customer to lose. It was the second largest smartphone seller in 2018 and the largest vendor of mobile infrastructure equipment, according to IHS Markit. The ban ensures that everyone will pay a price.There are multiple U.S. companies that are significant component suppliers and a number have already picked up a phone to sound an alarm. Chip company Broadcom CEO Hock Tan said in a Thursday earnings call that the “Huawei export ban is creating economic and political uncertainty and reducing visibility for global OEM customers” and that the “second half of 2019 will be more in line with the first half as opposed to the previously expected recovery.” The company cut its 2019 revenue outlook from $24.5 billion to $22.5 billion.Last year, Huawei was $900 million in revenue for Broadcom. But the wider uncertainty has cut into additional orders and caused a push to reduce inventory through the entire supply chain. Broadcom is a supplier to many companies, so an industry malaise hits them in multiple ways.Micron has said in a statement that Huawei “represented 13% of our revenues in the first half of fiscal 2019,” as Barron’s reported. That is a difficult amount of revenue to make up.But the pinch works two ways. Huawei likely has sufficient parts inventory for the next two or three months, says Michael Yang, research and analysis director at IHS Markit. After that, the situation changes drastically. The company needs every component in the design of each product. “If there’s no replenishment of components that they make into their products, whether that is a power supply or motherboard or processor or memory or storage, they can’t make products to sell,” he said.That could mean a medium- to long-term opportunity for U.S. companies as carriers around the world put their 5G infrastructures into place.“At this point in the 5G evolution, this is a critical [time],” said wireless and telecommunications analyst Jeff Kagan. “These are the critical early stages where networks choose the vendors they’re going to be working with over the next decade.” If it looks as though Huawei may be hindered, that could open the door for large competitors like Qualcomm and Ericcson. “This is going to impact every country because it’s going to impact the ability for Huawei to deliver equipment.”So even if investors are put on hold in one way, they might find another line to pump up their portfolios.More must-read stories from Fortune:—A red flag to investors: The stock market may be hitting the “triple top”—The Renault deal is dead, but Fiat Chrysler still needs a partner—Many economists think the next recession will be before the 2020 election—The S&P 500 has performed far worse under Trump than Obama—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune 500 DailyDon’t miss the daily Term Sheet, Fortune‘s newsletter on deals and dealmakers.You May Like Achieving Globalizationlast_img read more