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Pres­i­dent to run with the Bear in Alaska

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AN­CHOR­AGE: Ex­treme ad­ven­turer Bear Grylls will host US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in an episode of Run­ning Wild.

Mr Obama is on a three-day trip to Alaska, in­clud­ing the first visit by a sit­ting pres­i­dent above the Arc­tic Cir­cle, which be­gan with a dooms­day sce­nario speech on cli­mate change.

In his open­ing speech he warned of a fu­ture of sub­merged coun­tries, aban­doned cities and floods of refugees if there was not ur­gent ac­tion on cli­mate change.

“On this is­sue, of all is­sues, there is such a thing as be­ing too late,” Mr Obama said. “That mo­ment is al­most upon us.”

The tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance was part of Mr Obama’s push to en­gage the public and to high­light his re­formist ef­forts on ev­ery­thing from same-sex mar­riage to prison man­age­ment and cli­mate change.

Dur­ing his tour of Alaska, Mr Obama planned to hike on a glacier, con­verse with fish­er­men and tape the sur­vival­ist re­al­ity TV show.

Even be­fore he de­parted, Mr Obama made waves as he an­nounced his ad­min­is­tra­tion would change the name of North Amer­ica’s high­est peak, Mount McKinley, to De­nali, its tra­di­tional Athabas­can name.

The ges­ture was a ma­jor show of sol­i­dar­ity with the Alaska Arc­tic’s na­tive peo­ple, who have re­ceived less at­ten­tion amid Mr Obama’s re­cent ef­forts to im­prove con­di­tions for Na­tive Amer­i­cans in the main­land US. But it prompted a back­lash from leg­is­la­tors in McKinley’s na­tive Ohio.

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