JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker wants to look at the impacts that Alaska can anticipate to its villages and coastline from climate change.
Walker says people can agree or disagree on the cause of climate change but says Alaska is dealing with the effects.
He notes the case of Kivalina, a Native village threatened by erosion. Walker says there needs to be a plan for dealing with that. He says other communities are in similar situations.
He says there’s a lot of attention placed on the impacts of rising tides and warmer temperatures in Alaska but not on what to do about it.
President Barack Obama used a visit to the state last year to draw attention to the issue of climate change.