Alaska


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

, Deputy director, Climate & Energy

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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