How Climate Change Affects Alaska

Updated: Oct 10, 2020


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Author: Archie Adams was a builder for more than 40 years and a resident of Eagle Bay, Alaska. Since retirement he keeps busy gardening and writing for a blog - Homemakerguide.com, a website that reviews and compares tools and products for the home. An adept craftsman, almost everything in his home he made himself. He sent us these observations about climate change and its affect on his surroundings in Alaska. We thank him for his contribution and encourage you to visit his website.


The Drastic Impact of Global Warming


Meta: We here at Home Maker Guide understand that Alaskans have always been a self-sufficient, DIY, smart farming people. However, any Alaska resident will attest to how the climate here has drastically changed and has had a massive impact on our lives.


The Main Cause of Climatic Change

Let’s get down to some science on climate change. Since the early 1800s, the percentage of carbon dioxide has increased by a massive 40% in the atmosphere globally. It has clearly been a result of human practices. In Alaska, to be precise, the mining of coal and drilling of gas and oil have made massive climatic changes causing more emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.


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Climate Facts in Alaska

The notable impact of climate change on Alaska is a red flag to all parts of the world. So what has happened to Alaska in the past few decades?


Retreating Glaciers

Glaciers used to cover a large area of land in Alaska. Still, over the past century, they have dramatically retreated mostly in South East Alaska, along South Central Coast, and in the Alaska Range. Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park has withdrawn further than 31 miles.


Decreasing Sea Ice

The Arctic Ocean is almost covered with ice during the winter season. Howev