Alaska


Unseasonably Warm Arctic Winter is Thawing Alaska and May Be Linked to Nor’easters

, senior climate scientist

The northernmost city in the U.S. – Utqiaġvik (formerly called Barrow), Alaska – had record warm temperatures this winter.  Perhaps the biggest shocker though, was that the North Pole went above freezing this winter (20 to 30 degrees Celsius or 36 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit above average). This shift in temperature impacts the weather outside of the Arctic. Read more >

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King Tide’s Gift: Gentle Awakenings to a Rapidly Changing World

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

If this is how we on the coasts get accustomed to living in a climate-changed world—literally “getting our feet wet”—I think we can count ourselves lucky. Because there are much harsher ways to wake up to our changing world. Read more >

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President Obama in Alaska: The Science Shows the Time to Act on Climate is Now

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

President Obama’s speech to the GLACIER conference on Arctic leadership in Anchorage yesterday signaled just how seriously he takes the need to act on climate change. His starkest warning was that “On this issue, of all issues, there is such a thing as being too late. That moment is almost upon us.” Read more >

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6 Ways Climate Change in Alaska Will Affect You

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

You already know that rapid loss of Arctic glaciers and ice sheets is helping to speed up the sea level rise that is causing worsening coastal flooding in communities from Maine to Miami. And you probably even know that warming in the Arctic seems to be driving changes to the weather patterns elsewhere on the globe. (If both these things have passed you by, you need to read the recent blog by my colleague Brenda Ekwurzel.) Read more >

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Native Alaskan Villagers May Become the First U.S. Climate Refugees

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

The health, future, and fate of thousands of native villagers and their cultural heritage hangs in the balance as rapid climate change tightens its grip on Alaska. Read more >

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