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Endangered Frontier: Alaska's Changing Climate

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Published: Oct. 24, 2019 at 10:42 AM AKDT
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Alaska is on the front lines of climate change, warming twice as fast as the rest of the United States and on pace for one of the warmest years on record.

Erosion is threatening rural villages, thawing permafrost and causing homes to sink into the ground.

Glaciers are melting, leading ocean waters to rise and affecting salmon.

A historic lack of sea ice is changing how Alaskans live and work while relying on the ocean for subsistence and a sustainable economy.

This week Channel 2 News looks at how climate change is impacting Alaska -- our way of life -- our home.

The Permafrost Tunnel outside of Fairbanks is a top destination for scientists to study climate change and the thawing of permafrost - as well as innovative solutions for how to slow it.




The lack of sea ice and warm ocean waters have direct impacts on the people who live on Alaska's North Coast.





The lack of sea ice and warm ocean waters have direct impacts on the people who live on Alaska's North Coast.





The Yup’ik people of Newtok are becoming the first Americans forced to relocate their entire community as a result of climate change.




Sitting between the Bering Sea and the Tagoomenik River, the tiny village of Shaktoolik faces an uncertain future.

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