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.
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- Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The variance process required the developer to demonstrate to the BLM that no nearby solar energy zones could meet their needs and that their proposed project is in a low-conflict location.
- Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Unfortunately the oil and gas industry and a few western states have sued in an attempt to erode the BLM’s right to best manage our shared federal resources.
- Friday, May 8, 2015
The BLM is required to address impacts to wildlands and wildlife habitat on our public lands from major transmission development. The agency can do so by selecting routes that avoid sensitive areas or offsetting unavoidable impacts by protecting nearby lands.