Sept. 13, 2013
“Coping with Climate Change: Arctic Thaw” focus of PBS NEWSHOUR reports the week of Sept. 16
Multi-platform Series Looks at the Consequences of Melting Arctic Ice
Melting ice in the Arctic is beginning to affect the daily lives of residents of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and beyond. From the impact on local businesses and native traditions to the seafood we enjoy, the changes caused by climate change in the Arctic are rippling out far beyond the region. The consequences are the subject of a series of reports on PBS NewsHour both on air and online.
The broadcast highlights the effect of climate change on the region in a three-part series:
Monday, September 16 Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn Threatens Alaskan Crabs
The frigid waters of the Bering Sea spawned Alaska’s crab fishery but those same waters may be the industry’s undoing. In a report produced in partnership with The Pulitzer Center and The Seattle Times, PBS NewsHour looks at new research that suggests ocean acidification caused by carbon-dioxide emissions may be changing the chemistry of the North Pacific, raising concerns about the future of fishing.
Tuesday, September 17 Ice Melt Exposes New Routes and New Dangers
Melting sea ice means more water to explore – and potentially profit from -- in the Arctic. But mariners setting sail on newly opened waterways may not know what lies below. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are struggling to keep up with the dramatic speed of climate change and the surge of marine traffic as they try to chart safe routes and potential hazards.
Wednesday, September 18 Melting Ice, Warming Waters Threaten Traditional Ways of Life
More than 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Alaska’s North Slope is on the frontline of global climate change, warming twice as fast as any other place on earth. For the Inupiat people who live there, rising temperatures mean greater struggles to feed their communities. Melting ice has also opened up opportunities for shipping and offshore development – industries that enrich the community, but could also endanger traditional ways of life.
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Tuesday, Sept. 17: The Seattle Times hosts an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit on The Changing Chemistry of the North Pacific Poses Trouble for Alaska’s Crab Species.
Thursday, Sept. 19: PBS NewsHour and The Seattle Times hold a twitter chat on the effects of climate change. Participate on Twitter by following @NewsHour and @TheSeattleTimes and using #NewsHourChats.
How AK Public Media Created ‘Indie Alaska’: Watch AK Public Media’s series ‘Indie Alaska’ highlighting residents of Alaska and then learn how AK Public Media came up with their series in a PBS NewsHour video.
Life in Barrow Alaska: Barrow, Alaska has been called ground zero for climate change, but what is life in Barrow like? A PBS NewsHour slide show offers a glimpse of life among the Inupiat Eskimos.
Reporter’s Notebook: NewsHour Producer April Brown was struck by the incredible sense of history and culture that was evident on her trip to Alaska. Visitors to the area have left an indelible mark, from an 18th century British naval captain to the US Navy’s decades old research lab in Barrow, history comes alive in the Arctic.
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