Losing Alaska

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How many of you have been to Alaska? Mr. Clara and I cruised to Alaska a few years ago and WOW! If you love big, huge landscapes and all sorts of wildlife, Alaska is an amazing place...really a WONDER.
In 2018 a documentary called Losing Alaska was released. The story detailed an Alaskan town, Newtok, which "sitting atop a melting permafrost, battered by coastal erosion and aggressive summer meltwaters, Newtok, Alaska is set to be the first American town lost to climate change." The village has been trying to relocate to safer ground for years.
Newtok is currently losing about 70 feet of land each year due to coastal erosion. The village began planning their new community in 2000. It would be located in Mertarvik, roughly 9 miles away. Few families, however, have made the move. At least three other villages in far western Alaska — Kivalina, Newtok and Shishmaref — face immediate danger and are already deep into the traumatic realization that they must relocate.

AND Newtok is just one of possibly many. We are losing Alaska. Glaciers are melting, seas are rising and warming. Other places in Alaska are pretty concerned. Houses are sinking. Melting permafrost is creating a real housing crisis.
Climate in Crisis: Lester Holt’s journey to Alaska
 
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And, despite accumulating evidence of a warming planet with polar regions warming the quickest, still people attribute the warming to orbital variation and sunspots, ignoring the physics of carbon dioxide, methane, and a long list of synthetic chemical compounds that are far more potent GHGs.
 
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How many of you have been to Alaska? Mr. Clara and I cruised to Alaska a few years ago and WOW! If you love big, huge landscapes and all sorts of wildlife, Alaska is an amazing place...really a WONDER.
In 2018 a documentary called Losing Alaska was released. The story detailed an Alaskan town, Newtok, which "sitting atop a melting permafrost, battered by coastal erosion and aggressive summer meltwaters, Newtok, Alaska is set to be the first American town lost to climate change." The village has been trying to relocate to safer ground for years.
Newtok is currently losing about 70 feet of land each year due to coastal erosion. The village began planning their new community in 2000. It would be located in Mertarvik, roughly 9 miles away. Few families, however, have made the move. At least three other villages in far western Alaska — Kivalina, Newtok and Shishmaref — face immediate danger and are already deep into the traumatic realization that they must relocate.

AND Newtok is just one of possibly many. We are losing Alaska. Glaciers are melting, seas are rising and warming. Other places in Alaska are pretty concerned. Houses are sinking. Melting permafrost is creating a real housing crisis.
Climate in Crisis: Lester Holt’s journey to Alaska
Most teenagers are now saying it is an important issue in their lifetimes. They will be the ones making the biggest push for the alternative energy transformation. Which will lead to the discovery of new technology we won’t see in our lifetimes. And so goes the relentless march of evolution.