Climate Change in Alaska
Every new day brings with it new evidence of climate change in Alaskan communities – warmer, record breaking temperatures have resulted in thawing permafrost, thinning sea ice, and increasing wildfires. These changes have resulted in a reduction of subsistence harvests, an increase in flooding and erosion, concerns about water and food safety and major impacts to infrastructure: including damage to buildings, roads and airports. We, here at the Division of Community and Regional Affairs, have seen first-hand evidence of the effects of these changes since we are on the forefront of serving all Alaskan communities given our constitutional mandate of advising and assisting them. Given the varied amount of climate change related information that is available, this portal is our attempt to bring it all together so it assists everyone interested in learning about the topic and the various initiatives being undertaken to tackle this difficult challenge.