WASHINGTON — Shrinking glaciers, Arctic temperatures and a mix of messy energy politics await President Barack Obama as he begins his historic trip to Alaska.
Obama departs on Monday morning for a three-day tour aimed at calling attention to the ways Obama says climate change is already damaging Alaska's stunning scenery.
By showcasing problems with thawing permafrost, melting sea ice and eroding shorelines, Obama hopes to generate urgency to deal quickly with climate change in the U.S. and overseas.
Obama will also become the first sitting president to step foot in the Alaska Arctic when he visits the town of Kotzebue.
In a show of solidarity with Alaska Natives, Obama announced Sunday that his administration is changing the name of North America's tallest peak, Mount McKinley, to Denali, its traditional Athabascan name.