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Light shines on the mountains behind the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. Guides are using the glacier's rapid retreat as a stark lesson on the effects of climate change. Becky Bohrer/AP hide caption

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Visitors To A Shrinking Alaskan Glacier Get A Lesson On Climate Change

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Many glaciers are melting in Alaska. Scientists believe climate change is at work. Shankar Vedantam/NPR hide caption

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Why Our Brains Weren't Made To Deal With Climate Change

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Aliy Zirkle handles her dogs during a rest in Galena along the Yukon River, her last stop before heading towards Nulato. Late in the night, as she approached Nulato, Zirkle was attacked by a snowmobiler a few miles outside the small community. Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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The Tesoro Refinery at Nikiski in Kenai, Alaska, in 2008. Farah Nosh/Getty Images hide caption

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Alaska Faces Budget Deficit As Crude Oil Prices Slide

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Alaska legalized pot this year and is the first state to have pot cafes where people can consume marijuana. Mark Thiessen/AP hide caption

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Alaska's Pot Cafes Will Give Patrons A Taste Of Cannabis

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The Capitol Christmas Tree is unloaded from a truck following its journey from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. After it is secured in the ground, the tree will be decorated with thousands of ornaments, handcrafted by children and others from Alaska communities. Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A field near harvest time at Meyers Farm in Bethel, Alaska, can now grow crops like cabbage outside in the ground, due to rising temperatures. Daysha Eaton/KYUK hide caption

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Rising Temperatures Kick-Start Subarctic Farming In Alaska

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Anchorage dental hygienist Victoria Cronquist pays $1,600 a month for a health insurance policy that covers four people in her family. Next year, she says, the rate is set to jump to $2,600 a month. Annie Feidt/APRN hide caption

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Steep Hikes In Insurance Rates Force Alaskans To Make Tough Choices

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ShellNo flotilla participants float near the Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig during demonstrations in May against the presence of the first of two Royal Dutch Shell oil rigs in the Port of Seattle. David Ryder/Getty Images hide caption

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Outreach coordinator Sonny Weahkee (left) talks with a restaurant customer about health insurance for Native Americans in Shiprock, N.M., in early August. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Spreading The Word: Obamacare Is For Native Americans, Too

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Valerie Davidson, Alaska's health and social services commissioner, drives her 1983 Chevy truck to pick up salmon for a dinner party for 50 people. Annie Fiedt/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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Fishing, Cooking And A Yup'ik Upbringing Made Alaska's Health Commissioner

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