Alaska is highly dependent on fossil fuels, especially oil and at the same time one of the frontiers of climate change. The state has warmed more than twice as fast as the rest of the USA.
Permafrost thaw is leading to ‘drunken trees’. As the firm soil slowly transforms into mud causing the plants that grow in them to collapse. Ground that collapses as a result of melting permafrost is known as thermokarst. (Thermo means heat, and karst refers to collapse).