quote: Alaska is at the vanguard of climate change. The state's northern parts have seen an average temperature rise of three degrees celsius in recent decades Now the permafrost - the frozen ground that previously kept the Ninglik stable, as well as providing a solid base for the village's scattered houses - is melting.
quote: Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin has set up special "immediate action" committees to deal with both the causes and consequences of global warming. She appointed environmental lawyer Larry Hartig as her commissioner for the environment. He accepts there is a massive challenge ahead. "Climate change is an immediate and serious problem for people all around this state," he says. "It's hitting us in a variety of ways right now. It's particularly hitting rural Alaska, with flooding and erosion. "It's also changing patterns of our fish and game around the state, which is impacting people's ability to get the subsistence foods they've relied on for hundreds of years." The University of Alaska Institute for Social and Economic Reform carried out a study into the costs of climate change, based on predictive climate models. It estimated the bills could run into billions of dollars.
quote: Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin has set up special "immediate action" committees to deal with both the causes and consequences of global warming.
quote: rather than rashly attempting to stop the gears of nature: