Celebrating Sixty Years of Statehood with Some Geographical Comparisons and Contrasts of America's Two Pacific Frontier States

Authors: Gary Hennigh*, City of King Cove
Topics: United States, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Environment
Keywords: Alaska and Hawaii - Celebrating Sixty Years of Statehood
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 0, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Both Alaska and Hawaii will be celebrating 60 years of statehood in 2019. This research project provides a baseline understanding and comparison of the diverse range of similarities and differences of the socio-cultural, economic, political, and natural environments of America's two newest Pacific frontier states. This presentation provides a range of information regarding the geography and relationships of location, people, land, water, and their human, economic, and natural environments in these two frontier states. This information will highlight, compare, and contrast the uniqueness of Alaska and Hawaii as the northernmost, westernmost, easternmost, and southernmost states in the United States. The research also highlights a comparative awareness of current climate and weather changes occurring in these states. An identification of the major concerns, impacts, and political and policy actions in response to these changes is provided. Comparisons of current and expected future changes in fossil fuel attitudes and renewable energy goals in Alaska and Hawaii are examined. The presentation concludes with an identification of anticipated changes and concerns over the next decade for the unique natural, human, and political environments of these two Pacific frontier states.

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