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.
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…
What’s at stake in new political climate

What’s at stake in new political climate

A political tsunami will wash over the country on inauguration day. We don’t yet know what the damage will be, but we…
2016 Triumphs, Challenges: The Year in Review

2016 Triumphs, Challenges: The Year in Review

Celebrating the successes of 2016: Pebble subpoenas tossed out; Trustees argue for National Park Service regulatory authority over navigable waters; court decision stops Mat-Su coal mining; and more.
Court Reaffirms Coal Mining Win for Matanuska Valley Residents

Court Reaffirms Coal Mining Win for Matanuska Valley Residents

The court reaffirmed its earlier decision that stale, decades-old coal mining permits cannot stand, ensuring that any mining at Wishbone Hill will have to protect neighborhoods, watersheds, and wildlife.
Castle Mountain Coalition Celebrates Wishbone Hill Invalid Permit Ruling

Castle Mountain Coalition Celebrates Wishbone Hill Invalid Permit Ruling

Client Perspective: Judy Donegan is a resident of the Buffalo Mine Neighborhood and board member of the Castle Mountain Coalition. Here’s her…
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