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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska later this month to visit the front lines of climate change, which he called “one of the greatest challenges we face this century” in a video posted Thursday.
The effects of climate change in Alaska are “our wake up call,” the president said.
“In Alaska, glaciers are melting. The hunting, fishing, upon which generations have depended for their way of life and for their jobs, are being threatened. Storm surges once held at bay now endanger entire villages,” Obama continued. “As Alaskan permafrost melts, some homes are even sinking into the ground. The state’s God-given natural treasures are at risk.”