Obama’s Alaska trip will help him present a more dramatic view of climate change

By Jean Chemnick and Christa Marshall

Environment & Energy Publishing

President Obama’s summer climate change tour will culminate in the Alaskan Arctic next week, putting him in a setting that has experienced the country’s most dramatic climatic changes and one that Obama hopes will help him boost public support. He will need that for the critical piece in his climate legacy puzzle — a meaningful global deal in Paris in three months.

The president will arrive Monday to headline a two-day conference convened by Secretary of State John Kerry dealing with Arctic climate and adaptation issues. The gathering will draw approximately 400 representatives from other Arctic nations and interested foreign observers, and will give Obama a platform to highlight how changes in the Arctic will affect the rest of the world by accelerating warming, contributing to sea-level rise and changing precipitation patterns at lower altitudes.

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