The decline of sea ice in the Arctic

A satellite view of the Bering Strait, take in February 2014. (Photo: NASA)

The decline in seasonal sea ice affects more than just arctic communities. That ice helps regulate world temperatures. Less ice means coastal communities are at risk of rising sea levels and coastal erosion. The decline also makes it harder for arctic residents to travel and hunt the food they depend on. On the next Talk of Alaska, we’ll discuss the latest information on ice conditions and how the people of the arctic are working to adapt to change.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Brian Brettschneider, climatologist, International Arctic Research Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Erica Lujan, Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network Coordinator, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Robert Tokeinna, LEO Network observer in Wales
  • Andrew Kakoona, LEO Network observer in Shishmaref


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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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