“Things are happening now, and they’re not little things. They’re big things.” Sarah F. Trainor, a convening lead author for the National Climate Assessment’s Alaska chapter, talks about how Alaska has warmed twice as fast as the rest of the nation, bringing widespread impacts. Sea ice is rapidly receding and glaciers are shrinking. Thawing permafrost is leading to more wildfire, and affecting infrastructure and wildlife habitat. Rising ocean temperatures and acidification will alter valuable marine fisheries.
To explore the 2014 National Climate Assessment, go to http://NCA2014.globalchange.gov