Author Archives: Ming Xiao

Extreme sea level events ‘will hit once a year by 2050’

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Extreme sea level events that used to occur once a century will strike every year on many coasts by 2050, no matter whether climate heating emissions are curbed or not, according to a landmark report by the world’s scientists. Read more.


The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska

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Kivalina is dealing with problems due to the warming of the Arctic. The warming climate has led to troubles such as the accelerated erosion of the land the village sits on, which used to be mitigated by sea ice (which is vanishing), and permafrost (which is thawing). Read more.


Exploring permafrost coastal erosion in the Arctic

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The remote town of Barrow, Alaska, home to more than 4,000 people, touts picturesque views of the Arctic Ocean as well as an unparalleled connection to the Alaskan wild, but underneath its stunning beauty lies a major global crisis—permafrost coastal erosion—causing Barrow to gradually slip into the sea. Read more.


Watch the warming ocean devour Alaska’s coast in this striking time-lapse video

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The 5.5-mile stretch of permafrost coastline at Drew Point is losing 30 football fields of land per year. Every year, as the snows thaw and the sea ice recedes, a desolate Alaska coastline awakens — and for a short but dramatic period of time, renews its relentless collapse into the sea. Except now, the stretch […]