Alaska


What do Alaska Wildfires Mean for Global Climate Change?

, Kendall Science Fellow

During the (on-going) 2019 fire season, over 2 million acres have burned – an area roughly equivalent to that of Yellowstone National Park. In comparison to many fires in the conterminous United States, many fires in Alaska burn far away from population centers, and as such can be fought and responded to differently. However, to put the alarming nature of this season in context, the 2019 fire season in Alaska has already burned greater acreage than ALL fires in California during 2018 (~1.8 million acres), the year of the devastating Camp, Woolsey, and Carr fires. Read more >

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How Alaska’s Recent Heat Wave May Worsen Climate Warming

, Kendall Science Fellow

Over the holiday weekend, three cities in Alaska experienced record heat with temperatures in Anchorage reaching 90°F. In a city where local July temperatures averaged 61°F in 2018, this extreme heat illustrates the dramatic effects of climate change in northern regions of the world. These record-breaking temperatures, however, could further intensify climate warming by priming Alaskan landscapes to release carbon and heat-trapping gases in two major ways. Read more >

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An old whaling site on Svalbard, Norway. Photo: Adam Markham

Rapid Warming is Creating a Crisis for Arctic Archaeology

, Deputy director, Climate & Energy

There are at least 180,000 archaeological sites in the Arctic. Many are already being lost to climate change – virtually all of them are vulnerable. Read more >

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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

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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