Climate Change

Reducing the causes and consequences of climate change

Alaskans know climate change. Temperatures have warmed twice as fast as the global average and the Arctic Ocean now has less sea ice than at any time in recent geologic history. The resulting flooding and erosion threaten the livability of many coastal communities—most of them Native villages.
Coal mining, and oil and gas drilling in Alaska contributes to even more greenhouse gas emissions. The cycle of continuing melting permafrost and sea ice leads to more extreme weather, ocean acidification, insect infestations, and changes in the migration patterns of animals. Subsistence users depend on those animals for food. Trustees uses the law to decrease and mitigate the extraction and burning of fossil fuels and address the impacts of climate change on wildlife, rural Alaskans and Alaska Native people.
Our latest climate change work
  • Trustees works to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
  • Trustees supports rural communities in safeguarding the animals subsistence users rely on for food.
Click stories below for updates about what Trustees 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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