Alaska's Changing Environment: a new report on major observed climate changes 6 September 2019

Alaska's Changing Environment: a new report on major observed climate changes

The Climate Program Office’s Alaska RISA team (Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy), in partnership with the International Arctic Research Center and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, has released a new report, Alaska’s Changing Environment, documenting recent observed profound changes in the environment related to extreme weather events and deviations from the historical climate.

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Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.

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