The Front Line of Climate Change: Alaska Village Must Relocate as Arctic Sea Ice Thins

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Kivalina, Alaska. Photo source: ©© Shorezone


Climate change is forcing an isolated Alaskan village, roughly 80 miles above the Arctic Circle, to relocate.

The very existence of Kivalina, a town with about 400 residents on a tiny barrier island off Alaska’s northwest coast, is under threat as Arctic sea ice continues to melt into the surrounding Chukchi Sea…

Read Full Article, by Michael Walsh

Climate Change Takes A Village, AP / Huffington Green(12-16-2014)

AN Eroding Village: Kivalina, At The Mercy of Seasonal Storms, UAF Journalism

Climate Impacts in Alaska, EPA
Over the past 50 years, temperatures across Alaska increased by an average of 3.4°F. Winter warming was even greater, rising by an average of 6.3°F. The rate of warming in Alaska was twice the national average over that same period of time. Average annual temperatures in Alaska are projected to increase an additional 3.5 to 7°F by the middle of this century…

Beaufort Sea coastline erosion, Alaska. Photo source: ©© Shorezone

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