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Alaska’s average air temperature has increased 4 degrees F over the past 50 years – and winter temperatures have soared 7-10 degrees F - leading mainstream newspapers such as USA Today to label Alaska the “poster state” for climate in the U.S.

Alaska’s average air temperature has increased 4 degrees F over the past 50 years – and winter temperatures have soared 7-10 degrees F - leading mainstream newspapers such as USA Today to label Alaska the “poster state” for climate in the U.S.  In Cook Inlet, the effects of climate change have been especially pronounced: a massive spruce bark beetle epidemic, multiple hundred-year floods, and alarming warming trends in local salmon streams.

While Inletkeeper has long-recognized the profound implications of a rapidly changing climate on our economies, communities and environment, the issue has taken on heightened urgency in light of Inletkeeper’s salmon stream monitoring efforts.  By deploying temperature data loggers in local fish streams, Inletkeeper has discovered that summer in-stream temperatures now routinely exceed state standards established to protect spawning and passing salmon.

Alaskans stand at a vital crossroads and we have a stark choice: we can move backwards to coal and oil and gas development – with all their well-documented climate change and other problems – or we can embrace a future that includes clean, renewable power and long term, sustainable jobs. The choice is ours, but our children will live with our decision.

Now, Inletkeeper is implementing a multi-pronged strategy that recognizes the importance of salmon to all Alaskans, and works to shift the discussion in Alaska from fossil fuel production, combustion and pollution, to clean renewable energy supplies and long-term sustainable jobs.

Inletkeeper's Solutions

Because salmon and salmon protection  resonate with Alaskans across political, social, cultural and economic divides, Inletkeeper has now embraced salmon protection as a foundation for pursuing all it’s other research, education and advocacy work.   The “Pro-Salmon Project” (right) recognizes the inherent connections between sound science (step1), education and organizing (step 2), pollution prevention and habitat protection (step 3) and clean, renewable energy and long term jobs (step 4).

Inletkeeper pursues these mutually-supporting efforts by embracing the following goals for its climate change work:

  1. Collect and disseminate credible science on climate change and climate change impacts on Alaska fish resources;

  2. Utilize salmon science to educate and connect a diverse range of Alaskans on climate change, fossil fuel combustion and renewable energy issues;

  3. Promote salmon resilience to climate change by challenging short-sighted proposals that harm salmon and salmon habitat, and by developing “salmon refugia” to ensure fish stocks can adapt to quickly changing environments; and

  4. Support wind, tidal, solar and related renewable energy technologies and projects that produce clean power and long term sustainable jobs.

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Additional Resources

Our thanks to Deborah Williams and Alaska Conservation Solutions for providing the following excellent links to climate change information:

Alaska Conservation Solutions
excellent monthly reports on Alaska climate change issues.

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
2004's Arctic Climate Impact Assessment was compiled by hundreds of scientists from eight Arctic nations.  The report is available for download in both full and condensed versions, and describes the impacts of global warming in layman's terms.

Bering Climate
Info on how global warming is affecting the ecosystem of the Bering Sea from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Carbon Calculator
An easy way to calculate your personal carbon emissions.

Carbon Counter
An easy way to offset your personal carbon emissions.

City of Homer Draft Action Plan

Climate Ark - Climate Change Portal
Compilation of global warming news and information, with a climate change search engine and a comprehensive directory of climate change websites.

Climate Crisis Coalition
The CCC connects global warming to other important issues facing our world and connects many different organizations to become a powerful voice on climate change.

Compilation of the latest global warming news, updated daily.

Cool It Campaign
Designed for Californians but applicable to Alaskans, this website offers simple, practical ways for the individual to combat global warming.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Assesses and publishes scientific reports on various elements of global warming.

Google News - Climate Change
The latest news stories on climate change.

Google News - Global Warming
The latest news stories on global warming.

National Commission on Energy Policy
A bipartisan groups of America's energy experts which is working on a long-term energy policy to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil.

National Environmental Trust - Global Warming
Resource for global warming news, science, and policy.

Natural Resources Defense Council - Global Warming
Articles on global warming science, policies, and solutions.

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Scientific data on snow, ice, and glaciers, and how global warming if affecting them.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change
the Pew Center works to promote civic journalism.

Articles and discussions on climate change by real scientists.

Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP)
REAP works to promote clean energy in Alaska as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Great resource of global warming info and emission reduction tips for businesses.

Trustees for Alaska
A public interest law firm working to protect Alaska's environment.

Union of Concerned Scientists - Global Warming
This group of scientists offers lots of data on the science behind global warming and practical policy solutions for our country to adopt.

US Global Change Research Program
Governmental program to promote global warming research.