All Alaska-North Canadian Infrastructure at “Immediate” Risk

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 11 December 2018


All Alaska-North Canadian Infrastructure at “Immediate” Risk

Study: Degrading permafrost puts Arctic infrastructure at risk by mid-century,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, December 11, 2018.

Holy Alaska!
UAF researcher Vladimir Romanovsky poses in a place where permafrost has thawed, causing a surface disruption. UAF photo.
UAF researcher Vladimir Romanovsky poses near Fairbanks, Alaska in a place where permafrost has thawed, causing a surface disruption. UAF photo


70% in 30 Years
“Seventy percent of the current infrastructure in the Arctic has a high potential to be affected by thawing permafrost in the next 30 years. ”

No Escape
“...meeting the climate change targets of the Paris Agreement will not substantially reduce those projected impacts”

2.6 Million, and Pipeline, Too
“ 2050, about three-quarters of the population now living on permafrost, about 3.6 million people, will be affected by damage to infrastructure from permafrost thaw. In Alaska, about 340 miles of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline traverses ground where near-surface permafrost may thaw by 2050.”

“...most fundamental Arctic infrastructure will be at risk, even if the Paris Agreement target is achieved,"”


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