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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Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what the ownership and legacy of these American wildlands means to them.
- Monday, January 22, 2018
The state of Alaska is attempting to repeal long-standing protections for old-growth forests by requesting an exemption to the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
The following statement is from Megan Birzell, National Forests Campaign Manager:
- Friday, January 19, 2018
Out of public view during the government shutdown today, officials of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Alaska’s King Cove Corporation signed an agreement authorizing a land exchange and construction of a needless road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and its designated wilderness area.
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Actions to roll back protections for public lands and reverse progress on pollution control and climate change all point to the Trump administration’s goal: Selling out public lands owned by all Americans in the pursuit of dirty energy so a handful of private interests can profit. (See interactive timeline documenting White House actions over the past 12 months.)
Below are highlights of some of the low points from the past year, plus Trump’s spin.