Alaskans across the state woke up to the shaking and an emergency alert buzzing their cell phones, warning them to move away from the coast.
New York City is suing five oil and gas companies — including Alaska’s top three oil producers — seeking to hold them responsible for damages caused by climate change.
Dangerous travel conditions could cause more accidents, warmer temperatures could spread new diseases and the topsy-turvy weather could worsen mental health, says a new state report.
The Trump administration has proposed opening almost all Alaska waters to oil and gas leasing, from Southeast to the Bering Strait to the Arctic. That includes areas that have never seen drilling, and it’s raising concerns in Alaska’s coastal communities.
Gov. Bill Walker’s climate change task force met for the first time Monday. But the team is facing questions before it even begins work.
Still melting – and melting fast. That’s the basic take-away from the federal government’s annual Arctic Report Card. It finds that Arctic ocean temperatures are increasing and sea ice is declining at the fastest rate in at least 1500 years.
Village leaders think they might have found a solution for the eroding village of Newtok’s relocation problem. And it comes from an unexpected place: an Anchorage military base.
Dennis Davis started using a drone about three years ago to document the changes in Shishmaref. “I feel that if I don’t do this, we’re basically out of sight, out of mind,” he says.
Newtok’s 400 people have been trying to relocate for years. And for years, the main obstacle has been the same: money. Now, they’re almost out of time. And residents and officials say, at this point, moving Newtok may take an act of Congress.
One climate scientist says the report can be summarized in one sentence: “Climate is changing, humans are responsible, the risks are real, and the window of time to fix this thing is narrowing fast.”