Alaskan Climate Change and Political Reality

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Alaska's melting permafrost and shrinking glaciers are concrete evidence that global warming is real. That's the conclusion of Hillary Clinton and John McCain, who are visiting Alaska this week with fellow Senators. Alaska's own Senators and its lone Congressman, who are not accompanying the delegation, say the human cause of global warming is still in doubt, and they're opposed to new regulations being proposed by their colleagues. What does it mean for the rest of the 49 states? We hear from journalists, geophysicists, biologists and environmental policy analysts about what rising temperatures are doing to Alaska's ecology and to civilization, both ancient and modern.
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Governor Bill Richardson declares state of emergency along New Mexico-Mexico border

Governor Janet Napolitano declares state of emergency along Arizona-Mexico border

Department of Homeland Security-s Border Management

Lomonaco-s article on search for state funds to pay for migrant-related costs

Clinton and fellow Senators on global climate change in Alaska

Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act (S 1151)

WP article on senators' confirmation of Alaskan climate change

'Sex and Racial Differences in the Treatment and Outcome of Acute Myocardial Infarction, 1994 through 2002'



Warren Olney