Record-Breaking Temperatures Are Rapidly Melting Alaska’s Glaciers | NBC Nightly News

Record-Breaking Temperatures Are Rapidly Melting Alaska’s Glaciers | NBC Nightly News

Alaska's blue-white Giants are dying falling to rising temperatures in the 49th state 34 degree water recently melted ice and snow that Sundy guides tours on the massive Spencer glacier so in 2009 used to be able to step onto the ice from the end of the trail today we have to kayak to the glaciers face a mile away nimbly making our way past icebergs that have broken off perhaps as recently as 30 years ago where were kayaking right now would have been under hundreds of feet of ice climatologist Brian Brett Schneider has come to see the damage firsthand to an ice mass that's thousands of years old this is the warmest month on record any month in a year for this region on July 4th Anchorage set a new record at 90 degrees forest fires leave a haze that hangs in the air fisheries a six billion dollar industry are jeopardized and the ice keeps melting a helicopter is now the only way to reach the top they say there Spencer recedes a hundred feet a year this is a phenomenal place of natural beauty the tragedy is it's disappearing before our very eyes that soon DS Tour business ascending path is also receding I love the aesthetic of what meltwater creates but the cause of it is heartbreaking with more carbon in the atmosphere it's getting hotter and melting glaciers causing water levels worldwide to rise in many other places you can't see those changes but they're occurring climate change is affecting everybody the place is a bit like a canary in a coal mine monuments from the Ice Age now in retreat Kevin Tibbles NBC News in the Chugach National Forest Alaska hey NBC news fans thanks for checking out our YouTube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch the latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching


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