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Alaska forests face devastation from climate change

The state of Alaska, USA has experienced an average 3 degrees Celsius warming since the 1960s. Peat bogs that have existed for centuries are now drying up, releasing heat-trapping methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and increasing the risk of wildfires. The warmer climate is also boosting insect populations, which has already caused the loss of millions of hectares of white spruce trees. Regarding Alaska’s situation, Dr. Glenn Juday of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks stated, “We've got mounds of evidence that an extremely powerful and unprecedented climate-driven change is underway.”

Our gratitude, Dr. Juday and associates, for your observations that clearly show the impact of global warming. We pray that we quickly become good stewards of the Earth together, to protect the future of all life.