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On historic Arctic visit, Obama says Alaska's warming climate is wake-up call to US, world

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KOTZEBUE, Alaska — President says Alaska's warming climate is a wake-up call to America and should be a wake-up call for the rest of the world, too.

Obama is in Kotzebue, Alaska, a small town north of the Arctic Circle.

On his way there Wednesday, he flew over the island village of Kivalina. The Alaska Native community of 400 is sinking into the ocean because of rising sea levels.

Obama says there aren't many other places in America going through what Kivalina's residents are facing. But he says there could be if America and the world don't act quickly enough against climate change.

The president has spent the past three days in Alaska to illustrate his message that climate change is here and must be dealt with.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to watch performances by native Alaskan dancers at Dillingham Middle School, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Dillingham, Alaska. Obama is on an historic 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/Andrew Harnik)
President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to watch performances by native Alaskan dancers at Dillingham Middle School, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Dillingham, Alaska. Obama is on an historic 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/Andrew Harnik)

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PHOTO: President Barack Obama holds up a piece of salmon jerky while meeting with local fishermen and families on Kanakanak Beach, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Dillingham, Alaska. Obama is on a historic 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/Andrew Harnik)
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