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Sep 3, 2015

Obama’s Arctic adventure ends with sinking village, fish spawn

KOTZEBUE, Alaska (Reuters) – President Barack Obama got a taste of the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, dropping in to two remote fly-in native villages in a journey the White House hopes will show how climate change is affecting Americans.

Crossing the Arctic Circle, Air Force One flew over Kivalina, pop. 400, a whaling village on a barrier island debating whether to move as melting sea ice raises sea levels.

Sep 2, 2015

Obama heads to remote reaches of Alaska on last day of tour

DILLINGHAM, Alaska, Sept 2 (Reuters) – President Barack
Obama headed to remote fly-in native villages of Alaska on
Wednesday on a trek the White House hopes will bring attention
to how climate change is affecting Americans.

Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit
a community north of the Arctic Circle when he flies into
Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is battling coastal
erosion caused by rising seas.

Sep 2, 2015

Obama heads to Arctic community on last day of Alaska tour

ANCHORAGE/JUNEAU Alaska, Sept 2 (Reuters) – President Barack
Obama on Wednesday will become the first sitting U.S. president
to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle, a trek the
White House hopes will bring into focus how climate change is
affecting Americans.

After meeting tribal leaders and fishermen in Dillingham,
home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, Obama will
fly into Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is
battling coastal erosion caused by rising seas.

Sep 2, 2015

Obama visits Arctic community to discuss Native issues

ANCHORAGE/JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle, a trek the White House hopes will bring into focus how climate change is affecting Americans.

After meeting tribal leaders and fishermen in Dillingham, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, Obama will fly into Kotzebue, an Arctic town of about 3,000 that is battling coastal erosion caused by rising seas.

Sep 1, 2015

Shrinking Exit Glacier a powerful sign of warming climate: Obama

SEWARD, Alaska (Reuters) – President Barack Obama walked down a winding wooded path past a small brown post marked “1926,” past a glacial stream trickling over gravel that eons of ice have scraped off mountain peaks.

He reached another post reading “1951″ – a marker for the edge of Alaska’s Exit Glacier that year – and gazed up toward where the rock-rutted ice mass has since receded, a quarter-mile away.

Sep 1, 2015

Obama: Shrinking Exit Glacier a powerful sign of warming climate

SEWARD, Alaska, Sept 1 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
walked down a winding wooded path past a small brown post marked
“1926,” past a glacial stream trickling over gravel that eons of
ice have scraped off mountain peaks.

He reached another post reading “1951″ – a marker for the
edge of Alaska’s Exit Glacier that year – and gazed up toward
where the rock-rutted ice mass has since receded, a quarter-mile
away.

Sep 1, 2015

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.

It’s a move that has long been urged by Arctic advocates inside and outside the administration as the nation prepares for more shipping, mining and drilling in the region.

Sep 1, 2015

Mount McKinley becomes Denali – except on Air Force One map

ANCHORAGE (Reuters) – The televised flight map on Air Force One still called it Mount McKinley, but President Barack Obama was all about capturing the historic moment that Denali – now the name of North America’s tallest peak – came into view.

Obama snapped a photo of the gleaming mountain, with an elevation of about 20,000 feet (6,100 meters), and posted it to Instagram – part of a push to draw attention to his tour of parts of Alaska threatened by climate change.

Aug 31, 2015

With glaciers as backdrop, Obama to use Alaska trip to push climate agenda

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug 31 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
arrived in Alaska on Monday for a three-day tour aimed at
spotlighting how its melting permafrost and eroding coastlines
show the United States is already being hurt by climate change.

With 16 months left in office, Obama is trying to build
support for tough new rules on carbon emissions from power
plants ahead of a hoped-for international climate deal later
this year that could cement his legacy on the issue.

Aug 31, 2015

Obama Alaska trip aims for ‘punctuation mark’ on climate legacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sets off for a three-day tour of Alaska on Monday, aiming to shine a spotlight on how the United States is being affected by warming temperatures and rising oceans.

With 16 months left in office, Obama is trying to build support for tough new rules on carbon emissions from power plants ahead of a hoped-for international climate deal later this year that could cement his legacy on the issue.

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