The Climate Change Sub-Cabinet advises the Office of the Governor on the preparation and implementation of an Alaska climate change strategy. The Sub-Cabinet was created in 2007 under Administrative Order 238. Click to read the Governor's Report on the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet (July 2008).

"My hope is the Climate Change Strategy will be a living document reflecting the best knowledge on the effects of climate change in Alaska. It will be of great use to Alaskans by conveying state plans for adaptation to warming as well as presenting realistic approaches to mitigating the root causes of climate change." Larry Hartig, Chair, Executive Sub-Cabinet on Climate Change

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Climate Change News:

See the Climate, Ecosystems & Human Health Work Group webpage for up to date information.

The final and draft reports of the Climate Change Advisory Groups:

Alaska's Perspective

The impacts of climate warming in Alaska are already occurring. These impacts include coastal erosion, increased storm effects, sea ice retreat and permafrost melt. The villages of Shishmaref, Kivalina, and Newtok have already begun relocation plans. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has identified over 160 additional rural communities threatened by erosion. Click here to see photographs of some of the Alaska climate change issues.

The unique task of the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet is to appropriately attend to these immediate needs.

The Climate Change Sub-Cabinet

On September 14, 2007, former Governor Sarah Palin signed Administrative Order No. 238, officially forming the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet (see Press Release). The Sub-Cabinet is charged with preparing and implementing an Alaska Climate Change Strategy. This will be a transparent document which deals with state policies for anticipated climate change.

The Sub-Cabinet's strategy will discuss:

  • Building the state's knowledge of the actual and foreseeable effects of climate warming in Alaska
  • Developing appropriate measures and policies to prepare communities in Alaska for the anticipated impacts from climate change
  • Providing guidance regarding Alaska's participation in regional and national efforts addressing causes and effects of climate change

On September 21, 2007, former Governor Palin signed on as an Observer to the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). The WCI is a collaboration launched in February 2007 between the Governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington to meet regional challenges raised by climate change. Other States and Canadian Provinces have joined, some as partners, some as observers.