Alaska is warming at more than twice the rate of the rest of the United States, and projections indicate Alaska will experience the greatest temperature increases in all of the Arctic.
Rising temperatures threaten permafrost and the stability of Alaska’s infrastructure and habitat. Melting land and sea ice has already caused sea levels to rise four to eight inches in some regions. Communities are already threatened by rising water and the erosion of coastlines.
Coping with Arctic climate change
Scientists at The Wilderness Society are studying how climate change will affect wildlife and habitat in Alaska and the Arctic. We are working with land-management agencies to help them adapt to change and invest in the protection of natural resources.
This will allow scientists, engineers and others to:
- Repair damaged watersheds to ensure clean water for communities and fish
- Manage migration corridors for caribou and other species to ensure their survival
- Monitor wildlife, habitat and climate
- Develop the best responses to climate change
This work will create new jobs and provide new skills and income to Alaskans and their families, helping revitalize economies.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
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- Wednesday, July 20, 2016
THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * SOUTHERN UTAH WILDERNESS ALLIANCE
- Saturday, July 16, 2016Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Robert Bonnie held a public meeting in Bluff, Utah, on July 16 regarding community visions for the management of Southern Utah’s public lands, including the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition’s proposal to designate a new national monument. The Wilderness Society is supportive of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition’s proposal and welcomed the meeting.
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Utah Public Lands Initiative Act (PLI) introduced today by Utah Congressman Rob Bishop fails to recognize the areas of agreement reached between conservation groups, the state of Utah, counties, and other stakeholders that many places containing unsurpassed beauty, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat are deserving of permanent protection for future generations. This includes places like the Bears Ears region in San Juan County.