Western Alaska, a region already known for its high winds, is projected to get even windier. In communities along rivers or the coast, that could accelerate erosion through stronger waves. Driving these changes is a warming climate.
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The world is underestimating the geological consequences of global warming, which could trigger catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis as the melting of ice sheets reduces the weight on the crust below and unleashes intense seismic activity, a leading earth scientist has warned.
Proposed mine that would have destroyed more than 2,800 acres of fragile wetlands will be effectively blocked
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will use the Clean Water Act to protect the area’s waters from contamination coming from the proposed Pebble Mine according to reports. This action will basically prevent the mine’s development for at least the duration of this administration.
Emerson reported Aug. 9 that it’s completed a digital transformation project to increase the reliability of clean energy generated at Golden Valley Electric Association’s Eva Creek wind farm. As the largest electric utility serving northern Alaska, GVEA and Eva Creek supply nearly 25 megawatts (MW) of reliable, low-cost electricity to customers, while reducing fossil fuel use.
For decades, the rangers at Denali National Park in Alaska were easily winning their battle against a slow-moving landslide underneath the park’s only road. Now, due in part to the effects of climate change, they are losing very badly.
Alaskans pay a high price for the energy we use — higher than almost anywhere else in the country. Our energy costs us nearly twice what the average American pays per kilowatt, putting Alaska second only to Hawaii for the highest energy costs in the United States.
It’s impossible to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in southeastern Alaska and not marvel over the vast beauty of North America’s premier mountain wilderness. And ponder what kind of legacy we are leaving for future generations as climate change threatens one of the the most beautiful landscapes I have witnessed.
In the small village of Kotzebue, Alaska, seal hunting has been an essential feature of the indigenous way of life since times immemorial. A recent study found that over the past 17 years, climate change has significantly reduced the length of the seal hunting season, threatening one of the locals’ most cherished traditions.
In case you missed it, this past Sunday and Monday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to Alaska to join U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski on a tour of clean energy research and development and renewable energy facilities in Fairbanks and Anchorage.