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1:54 am
Fri December 12, 2014

12/12/14 - Alaska Natives and Climate Change: Melting permafrost threatens infrastructure, homes

House sinking due to melting permafrost
Credit kml.gina.alaska.edu

Here is the last in KNBA’s 5-part series on Climate Change and Alaska Natives.

As we’ll see, the effects of warming temperatures on infrastructure can be costly and sometimes dramatic.

In much of Alaska, bridges, roads, buildings, and runways have been built on permafrost. That’s soil that became frozen during ice ages from 400 to 10,000 years ago, and a few feet down is frozen rock-hard year around.

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Local News
2:33 am
Thu December 11, 2014

12/11/14 - Are agencies prepared for effects of climate change?

Climate change and Alaska Natives: Are federal, state agencies up to the task?

Today we’ll hear the fourth in a series of stories about climate change and Alaska Natives. As Alaskans grapple with the effects of a warming planet, they look to federal and state agencies to help with problems that are too big for an individual or even a community to tackle. But it’s not clear if statutes and regulations, and agency funding are up to the task.

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Local News
2:19 am
Wed December 10, 2014

12/10/14 - Health effects of climate change include higher rates of unintentional injury, asthma

Water and sewer lines are in jeopardy in Alakanuk, Alaska, where hundreds of feet of shoreline have been lost to flooding and erosion on the Lower Yukon River. Without running water and flush toilets, rates of respiratory disease and skin infections increase.
Credit Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

 Climate change and Alaska Natives: Part Three

Alaskans have heard a lot about the effects climate change has had on land in the state. But new studies suggest it’s also having a big impact on the health of residents. 

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Local News
12:16 am
Tue December 9, 2014

12/9/14 - Climate change effects on fish and game, subsistence raise concerns about food security

Bowhead whale blubber and skin (maktak) cut and ready to be boiled for uunaali
Credit www.north-slope.org

Climate change and Alaska Natives: Food security

By Joaqlin Estus

Here's the second in our series on Climate Change and Alaska Natives.

Wild foods are important to Alaskans, and especially to rural residents, but, subsistence users and scientists say climate change is affecting wildlife populations, access to subsistence resources, and food preservation.

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Local News
9:28 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

12/8/14 - Alaska Natives and Climate Change: Lack of sea ice exposes Kivalina to fierce storms

Kivalina, Alaska

Climate change and Alaska Natives: 

Shores bare of sea ice expose Kivalina to fierce fall storms

By Joaqlin Estus

Here’s the first in a series of stories on climate change and Alaska Natives. We’ll start by hearing about impacts to Kivalina, an Inupiaq village of about 400 people founded by missionaries in 1905 and located 80 miles northwest of Kotzebue.

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