Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

2015-08-31 13:40


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Anchorage, Alaska - Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.

Obama leaves on Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a state department climate change conference and become the first president to visit the Alaska Arctic. There, and in the sub-Arctic part of the state, he will see the damage caused by warming.

Studies show that more than 3.5 trillion tons of water have melted off of Alaska's glaciers since 1959, when Alaska first became a state.

In the first 10 years of statehood, Alaska averaged barely a 100 000 hectares of wildfires yearly. The last 10 years have averaged 490 000 hectares.

Read more on:    barack obama  |  us  |  environment  |  climate change

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