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Faults off Alaska Look Akin to Those Behind 2011 Japan Disaster

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Previously unrecognized tsunami dangers may threaten towns in the Aleutian Islands, like this one on Unalaska Island, Alaska, as well as parts of the U.S. West Coast and other far-flung shores. Credit: lfreytag/iStock/Getty Images Plus

In a seismically quiet segment of Alaska’s subduction zone lie faults with structures similar to those of the system that caused the deadly Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

September 22, 2017 — Recent high-resolution imaging of a major subduction zone running along the Aleutian Islands shows that an area known as the Shumagin Gap may pose a significant tsunami risk Continue reading Faults off Alaska Look Akin to Those Behind 2011 Japan Disaster

US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson at the Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Photograph: Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Images

Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, signs a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to extend scientific cooperation in the Arctic region

May 12, 2017 — Environmental campaigners were given some hope that the US may stick to its commitments under the Paris climate change treaty when Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, signed a commitment to protect the Arctic and extend scientific co-operation. Continue reading US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

Slow-freezing Alaska soil driving surge in carbon dioxide emissions

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The soil of Alaska’s tundra are taking longer to freeze over than in past decades. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Northern tundra’s autumn carbon dioxide emissions increased 70% between 1975 and 2015, researchers find, blaming warming temperatures

May 8, 2017 — Alaska’s soils are taking far longer to freeze over as winter approaches than in previous decades, resulting in a surge in carbon dioxide emissions that could portend a much faster rate of Continue reading Slow-freezing Alaska soil driving surge in carbon dioxide emissions

2016 set to be world’s hottest year on record, says UN

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Melting ice on the Chilkat river, Alaska, January 2016. The northern hemisphere has posted unusually high temperatures. Photograph: Michele Cornelius/Alamy

June marked 14th month of record heat for land and oceans with average global temperature reaching 1.3°C

July 21, 2016 — The world is on track for its hottest year on record and levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached new highs, further fuelling global warming, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said.  Continue reading 2016 set to be world’s hottest year on record, says UN

Obama warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ towns

April 31, 2016 — The Obama administration has warned the US will need to deal with a wave of “climate refugees” as the Arctic continues to warm, joining with the Canadian government to express alarm over how climate change is affecting indigenous communities. Continue reading Obama warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

As climate change heats up, Arctic residents struggle to keep their homes

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There’s a shortage of housing solutions in the far north, where the Arctic is warming faster than expected. Photograph: Christophe Boisvieux/Corbis
Climate change has brought a myriad of issues to the far north, but rising sea levels are now threatening existing home owners and contributing to housing shortages

March 15, 2016 — In the spring, after the permafrost thaws and the ground settles, Wilson Andrew Sr takes a wrench to the metal pilings that hold up the foundation of his house in Atmautluak, Continue reading As climate change heats up, Arctic residents struggle to keep their homes

Record-breaking temperatures ‘have robbed the Arctic of its winter’

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A lack of snow in south central Alaska forced race organisers to move the Iditarod dog sled race north. Photograph: Loren Holmes/AP
Fort Yukon has recorded Alaska’s coldest ever temperatures but this winter temperatures have been much warmer than usual, leading to dangerously thin ice

March 15, 2016 — This year’s record-breaking temperatures have robbed the Arctic of its winter, sending snowmobilers plunging through thin ice into freezing rivers and forcing deliveries of snow to the starting line of Alaska’s legendary Iditarod dogsledding race.

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Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau to join forces on climate change

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Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau (left) with US president, Barack Obama. The visit is seen as an important moment for Trudeau to break with the record of his Conservative predecessor. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP
US and Canadian leaders expected to announce a series of common measures including methane emissions cuts and protections for rapidly warming Arctic

March 9, 2016 — Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau will commit to work together to fight climate change and protect an Arctic experiencing the mildest winter ever recorded, sources familiar with the initiatives said.

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Thousands Of Starved Dead Birds Wash Up On Alaska’s Coasts

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This photo taken Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, shows dead common murres on a rocky beach in Whittier, Alaska. Federal scientists in Alaska are looking for the cause of a massive die-off of one of the Arctic’s most abundant seabirds, the common murre. CREDIT: (AP PHOTO/MARK THIESSEN)
Seabird die-offs in Alaska are natural events, but the massive rate of starved dead birds washing ashore this month is as puzzling as it is unprecedented.

January 20, 2016 — Two weeks ago an estimated 8,000 murres were found laying dead by David Irons, a retired seabird biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “I never thought I would see that many dead birds on one beach,” Irons told ThinkProgress.

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