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Obama arrives in Alaska on historic trip aimed at sounding alarm on global warming

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President is opening a historic trip to Alaska that will make him the first sitting president to visit the Alaska Arctic.

The president arrived on Monday afternoon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, just outside of Anchorage. He'll spend three days in the state in an aggressive effort to build support for fighting climate change.

Obama's first stop is a listening session with Alaska Natives. Later Monday, he plans to give a speech on climate change and the Arctic at a State Department-sponsored conference involving Arctic and non-Arctic leaders.

While in Alaska, Obama will meet with fishermen, hike a melting glacier, and tour a national park by boat. He'll close his trip Wednesday with a visit to the tiny town of Kotzebue, north of the Arctic Circle.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Obama is traveling on a three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Obama is traveling on a three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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PHOTO: President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Obama is traveling on a three-day trip to Alaska aimed at showing solidarity with a state often overlooked by Washington, while using its glorious but changing landscape as an urgent call to action on climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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