U.S. federal scientist says Arctic climate work cost him position

The village of Kivalina, Alaska. Will this be on of the stops on President Barack Obama's upcoming Arctic trip? (Northwest Arctic Borough via The Anchorage Daily News/AP)
Kivalina, Alaska is one of the indigenous communities threatened by climate change, according to scientist Joel Clement. (Northwest Arctic Borough/The Anchorage Daily News/AP/CP)
A former policy adviser at the Interior Department said the Trump Administration has retaliated against him for warning about the dangers of climate change to Alaska Native communities.

Joel Clement wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about his reassignment to what he considers a lesser position. Clement used to advise the Obama administration on climate issues and the Arctic.

A spokeswoman for Interior told the publication “The Hill” that senior personnel are being moved “to better serve the taxpayer.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she’s asking the inspector general to investigate.

In this video by The Washington Post, Joel Clement explains how some indigenous communities in Alaska are threatened by climate change, and why he thinks his reassignment was retaliation.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada’s science minister in North to observe climate change, Radio Canada International

Finland: U.S. pullout from Paris climate pact condemned by Finnish leaders, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland earthquake and tsunami – hazards of melting ice?, blog by Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Norway: As Arctic weather dramatically changes, world meteorologists take on more joint forecasting, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Putin says climate change might not be human made, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s climate minister : U.S. withdrawal from Paris sends a bad signal, Radio Sweden

United States: Trump’s alternative reality? No warming, cool oceans, intact coral, blog by Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media

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