USGS Scientists Explore Ocean Acidification in Arctic Ocean

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reefAcidification can disturb the balance of marine life in the world’s oceans, and consequently, affect humans and animals that rely on those food resources. Oceans currently absorb about one-fourth of the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. Ocean acidification occurs when carbon dioxide (CO2) increases in the atmosphere and is absorbed by the sea. The Arctic Ocean is one of the most vulnerable places on the planet for acidification, yet it is the least-explored.

The USGS is leading this project, and this is the third consecutive year of research. On this year's expedition, scientists will travel onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy for four weeks, collecting water and ice samples.

Astral Buoyancy Partners With Darby Communications

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Astral BuoyancyAsheville, NC – Asheville-based purveyors of personal flotation devices, Astral Buoyancy, is teaming up with neighboring PR firm Darby Communications. The firm will broadcast Astral’s message of socially aware designs to the outdoor and river sports communities by sharing information on the brand and their products.

Chaco Raises Over $10,000 for the Conservation Alliance

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chacoAt the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show, Chaco held their Flip-Out fundraiser, a sandal sale to benefit the Conservation Alliance. This year’s fundraiser, marking the third year of the event, brought in over $10,000 for the organization.

Chaco has been a member of the Conservation Alliance for 16 years.

Outdoor Industry Associations Announces 2012-2013 Board of Directors

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Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced the newly elected 2012-2013 board of directors. The board also selected its officers, with Will Manzer, CEO of Eastern Mountain Sports, continuing as chair and Sue Rechner, President and CEO of Confluence Watersports, selected to serve as 2nd vice chair.

The OIA board is chosen by the membership and consists of 18 voting members and 10 appointed non-voting members who may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms.

Utah Governor Herbert Meets With Outdoor Industry Association Board of Directors

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The following statement was released from the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Board of Directors upon meeting with Utah Governor Herbert:

For fifteen years, the outdoor industry has proudly called Salt Lake City the home of Outdoor Retailer and we are deeply grateful to the Utahans that have supported and hosted the show. We know firsthand that Utah is an incredible place to do business and play.

Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. Acquires Pocket Tool X

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Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. (LTG) has acquired the Pocket Tool X (PTX) Company, manufacturer of the single-piece multi-tools. LTG began selling the PTX tools in August under the Leatherman brand name, but continued using existing PTX model names. The tools are available through current Leatherman multi-tool retail and distribution channels as well as online.

Skin Cancer is Most Common Cancer in US, Yet Most Preventable

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Sunwise ProgramSkin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., and the most common cancer among 20 to 30 year-olds—approximately 76,000 new cases of melanoma will occur this year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has joined the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Park Service to emphasize the dangers of skin cancer through its Sunwise program. More information and a few simple steps Americans can take to protect themselves can be found at

“Whether you hike or stroll, paddle a canoe or kayak or just sit in a mountain meadow watching the clouds go by, remember to put on your hat, apply sunscreen and have plenty of water to drink,” says National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

Western Governors’ Association Supports Program to Redistribute Renewable Energy Royalties

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Western Governors' AssociationThe Western Governors’ Association has written a letter to the US Senate in support of legislation that would direct some of the revenue generated by renewable energy developments on federal land. These royalties would fund conservation efforts to protect hunting, fishing and water resources in the areas affected by the wind and solar developments as well as cover the administrative costs incurred by the state.

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