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Alaska Acknowledges Climate Change Effects

DAN JOLING   12/ 2/10 04:20 PM ET   AP

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska wildlife officials have released a report acknowledging that scientific and traditional evidence increasingly shows climate change at unprecedented rates throughout the Arctic.

The report released this week marks a departure for the state, which is suing to overturn the federal listing of polar bears as a threatened species because of declining sea ice habitat.

The report, called "Climate Change Strategy," says warming temperatures could affect Alaska's bodies of water, leading to changes in sport fishing and subsistence opportunities.

A Department of Fish and Game official, Doug Vincent-Lang, says the agency has stayed out of the climate change debate but thought it was time to take stock of the effects.

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