Climate Change

Limiting the Causes and Consequences of Climate Change

Alaska is experiencing the impacts of climate change more intensely than the rest of the nation, with changes like melting glaciers, the disappearing ice cap, thawing permafrost, bark beetle infestations, and ocean acidification. Because of Arctic amplification, the most northern latitudes warm at least two times faster than the rest of the world. Despite Alaska’s small population, the state has the highest per capita rate of greenhouse gas emissions. Extraction of fossil fuels for the world’s consumption is Alaska’s biggest contribution to climate change. Global consumption of Alaska’s fossil fuels adds to the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to Alaska’s continued meltdown. Keeping Alaska’s coal in the ground and not burned for energy is a priority to halt the climate change cycle. Lands once thought to be permanently frozen as permafrost are now thawing, causing methane (a potent greenhouse gas) emissions and unforeseen infrastructure degradation. Stored in the frozen ground—as a remediation strategy—are caches of toxic waste left over from abandoned military sites. Many of these dumps are located near Alaska Native communities and traditional-use lands, and thawing releases toxic pollutants into the lands and water that feed these communities.
Our latest Climate Change program work includes:
Scroll and click through the stories below to learn more about what Trustees for Alaska is doing to fight climate change.
The Western Arctic needs protection

The Western Arctic needs protection

The name makes it sound like a giant oil field—the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska—but the largest unit of public land in the country,…
Chuitna salmon saved!

Chuitna salmon saved!

In our line of work, good news often comes in small packages. This time it came in a status update from PacRim Coal, LP.  For years, the company has been…
New Pebble permit requires $2 million bond

New Pebble permit requires $2 million bond

  Today, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a new permit to the Pebble Limited Partnership (Pebble) that requires an…
Alaska Brief Newsletter — March 2017

Alaska Brief Newsletter — March 2017

Scott Pruitt’s attack on science is an attack on our communities. When the head of the Environmental Protection Agency undermines science, he…
Pebble called “worthless”

Pebble called “worthless”

A New York based investment firm gave Bristol Bay a Valentine this week. Kerrisdale Capital, a research-oriented firm, described the Pebble project…
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