One of my bucket list items was to see glaciers in Alaska. ❄️ We spent a week traveling the coast of Alaska and it is one of the most magical places I've ever seen. Untouched forests, bright green ocean, fresh and clean air, and epic glaciers.
Naturalists call Alaska "ground zero" for climate change. The Arctic is already warming faster than the rest of the planet. The solid permafrost beneath many roads, buildings, and pipelines is starting to thaw, destabilizing the structures above. 31 coastal towns and cities may need to relocate, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, as the protective ice vanishes, making these communities vulnerable to the erosion of the shores from rough waves.
It's ironic because although Alaskan wildlife and ecosystems are especially vulnerable to the catastrophic impacts of climate change, the Alaskan economy is directly contributing to the problem as a large exporter of fossil fuels. 85% of the economy is driven by oil revenues, and will likely continue to be until there is a larger market for non-renewable energy.
Politicians have proposed carbon taxes and an increased reliance on renewables by 2025, but the oil industry has pushed back saying that taxing a state of 75,000 people isn't going to solve a global problem.
As ocean acidification threatens fisheries and food security in indigenous communities, Alaskan leaders have to strike a delicate balance between adaptation and very powerful entrenched interests. 🐟 .
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