Climate report signals concern

Full story: Anchorage Daily News

CHANGES: Effects of warming trend will be bad as well as good. Published: March 18th, 2008 12:14 AM Last Modified: March 18th, 2008 12:51 AM Expect some big problems on the horizon, according to the final ...

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The panel's 124-page report foresees several costly outcomes, from the need to relocate coastal villages hammered by storms and erosion, to an increase in forest fires and smoky skies, to the collapse of roads and public buildings, to several serious threats to fish and wildlife.

While the bottom line is worrisome, says Rep. Ralph Samuels -- the Anchorage Republican who chaired the commission -- the report tries to be solution-oriented, focusing on how the state might adapt to global warming rather than argue over what might be causing it.

Ocean acidification: Approximately 30 percent to 50 percent of human-caused carbon-dioxide emissions are absorbed by the ocean, which -- when coupled with warming seas -- could threaten the ability of crabs and mollusks to form shells, thereby creating dead zones with far-ranging effects on other sea life.(The report advises the state closely monitor ocean pH levels.)

Thawing permafrost: Rising temperatures pose a special threat to the trans-Alaska pipeline, which was constructed over hundreds of miles of frozen ground. Damage to the pipeline's support structures, the report says, could cost up to $800 million to repair. Melting permafrost could also damage hundreds of miles of roads and the foundations and pipes of thousands of public facilities.
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That sounds really bad, hopefully it isnt real cause that would mean id have to reconsider going to Alaska another year or 2. How bad is it, like something never before? Or a usual thing that peoplel always recover from?

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fleshsniper1 wrote:
That sounds really bad, hopefully it isnt real cause that would mean id have to reconsider going to Alaska another year or 2. How bad is it, like something never before? Or a usual thing that peoplel always recover from?
As a Canadian I'm not worried. My coutry issues polar bear hunting permits and is spending more on new ice breaking ships for our "melting arctic" than it is spending on carbon reductions.
Life is good and history will laugh, and cry.
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the funny thing is that although the state taxes us on the phoney "AGW" pretext, they don't ever stop people building near sea-level. I guess they don't really believe Al Gore's silly predictions about the sea rising. Also, why is it so cold ? I thought the weather was supposed to be getting warmer? Why has Al Gore bought a house at sea level?
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Mr Giblets wrote:
the funny thing is that although the state taxes us on the phoney "AGW" pretext, they don't ever stop people building near sea-level. I guess they don't really believe Al Gore's silly predictions about the sea rising. Also, why is it so cold ? I thought the weather was supposed to be getting warmer? Why has Al Gore bought a house at sea level?
The average temperature in Cleveland, OH is 4 degress below normal for the month of March and we're near a record amount of snowfall. I'm sure somehow it's because of global warming.

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The panel's 124-page report foresees several costly outcomes, from the need to relocate coastal villages hammered by storms and erosion, to an increase in forest fires and smoky skies, to the collapse of roads and public buildings, to several serious threats to fish and wildlife.

But that same year also saw forest fires ravage Alaska, burning a record 6.5 million acres, and 2007 resulted in the biggest tundra fire ever recorded on the North Slope. Smoky skies from fires like those not only detract from the tourist experience but pose a threat to public health, the report says.

"This report makes it abundantly clear that the impacts from climate change are predominantly negative."

Thawing permafrost: Rising temperatures pose a special threat to the trans-Alaska pipeline, which was constructed over hundreds of miles of frozen ground. Damage to the pipeline's support structures, the report says, could cost up to $800 million to repair. Melting permafrost could also damage hundreds of miles of roads and the foundations and pipes of thousands of public facilities.

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But the most striking climate-change impact of all, the report says, may well be the need to relocate entire coastal villages -- like Newtok, Shishmaref and Kivalina-- due to dramatic reductions in shore-fast sea ice that used to protect them from violent autumn storms.

As many as 162 communities in all could be threatened by erosion and flooding, the report states.

"There is little doubt that Alaskans are feeling the effects of climate change more than anyone else in our nation," the report says, quoting remarks delivered last year by Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

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