According to CNN, the job and food security of some Alaskans are being threatened by the surrounding ice melting catastrophically fast.
“The seas are extraordinarily warm. It is impacting the ability for Americans in the region to put food on the table right now,” explained Rick Thoman, a climate specialist at the University of Alaska.
Temperatures in the Chukchi and North Bering seas are almost 10°F higher than normal. Thoman says these temperatures are “baking” the seas.
Marine animals and birds are dying, and because the water temperatures are hot enough to let algal blooms grow, the ocean may become toxic to the animals in and around it. There’s no denying this is a crisis for locals who rely on fishing to feed themselves and their economy.
“Much of what the people eat there over the course of the year comes from food they harvest themselves,” said Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist at the International Arctic Research Center. “If people can’t get out on the ice to hunt seals or whales, that affects their food security. It is a human crisis of survivability.”
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