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“Juneau, in the southeast, saw an astounding 10 daily record highs. The city closed the month of March with seven days in row of record highs, from the 25th through the 31st. The 59-degree record high there on March 31 was the second-warmest reading on record for the month.”
Making matters worse, Anchorage had no snow accumulation during March either, and although Southern Alaska was not as warm as the rest of the state, it is experiencing a long-lasting drought. Finally, Bering Sea ice levels are again at their lowest ever (see graphic below), which is leading climate scientists to conclude that previous low sea ice records were not anomalies.
Why This Matters: Alaska is warming faster than any other state, with devastating impacts for the way of life in the region. It will mean loss of permafrost that many native Alaskans use as “freezer” storage, will change wildlife migration patterns impacting subsistence fishing and hunting, and the weather pattern “stuck” over the region has also caused unusual storminess over parts of the state and in the Bering Sea. As we have said repeatedly, the evidence that climate change is here, and causing many problems beyond catastrophic weather disasters, continues to mount. We need to aggressively adapt in Alaska and that will take federal help — help that a large green infrastructure mobilization like the Green New Deal could provide.
A recently-published study in Science Advances found that climate change predictions that relied only on historical data underestimated by about half the actual number of extremely hot days in Europe and East Asia, and the number of extremely wet days in the U.S., Europe, and East Asia. This paper illustrates how even small increases in global […]
Among the sea of online posts, hashtags like #ClimateStrikeOnline, and #FridaysForFuture continually pop up to show hundreds of videos and photos where people are coming together to protest in a new way.
Why This Matters: This new form of climate protest being taken on during the global pandemic is quickly becoming a part of our new reality due to a crisis caused by our unsustainable practices.