Evident Climate Change In Small Town Alaska

Intensifying storms, retreating glaciers, and changing wildlife — Seward, Alaska, has a unique insight to the effects of a warming planet.

Glacier Guide and Venture 60 North adventure center owner Rick Brown has had a front-row seat for the changing wilderness the last 20-plus years.

He’s witnessed glaciers that once retreated 150 feet per year diminish at an astonishing 15 feet per day.

Since he began living in Seward in 2003, villages have relocated due to rising floodwaters and wildlife has transformed to adjust to a wetter, warmer climate.

“Things that used to take hundreds of years now only takes months,” Brown said. “If you can’t’ see what’s happening, you must be blind.”