For the New York Times: Alaska Relies on Ice. What Happens When It Can’t Be Trusted?

I had the opportunity to write about the way unstable ice in a record warm spring is changing the practicalities of everyday life and travel in Alaska.

Here’s how the story starts:

ANCHORAGE — It’s not springtime now in Alaska, it’s “break-up” — the end of safe travel on ice.

And in an era of climate change, break-up has been coming too soon, especially this year. The ice has become unpredictable, creating new, sometimes deadly hazards and a host of practical problems that disrupt the rhythms of everyday life.

The ice roads that carry freight in winter and spring have been going soft prematurely. Hunters cannot ride safely to their spring camps. Sled-dog races have been canceled. People traveling on frozen rivers by A.T.V. or snowmobile are falling through; some have died. Rescuers trying to reach them have been stymied by thin ice.

Read the rest here.