Climate Change

Climate Change

New report on health effects

The state Division of Public Health has released a statewide assessment of the effects of climate changes, which are felt more in Alaska because of its northern location. One key effect is the threat to subsistence foods for rural Alaskans, where 34 million pounds of wild foods are harvested annually. Climate change has led to poor ice conditions for overland travel; thawing permafrost that affects food storage, and changing bird and animal migrations. Other impacts include damaged infrastructure in coastal areas, more wild res and, from a strictly health perspective, longer pollen seasons and West Nile Virus and tick infestations.

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