Alaska town votes to relocate due to climate-change driven sea level rise

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The move is estimated to cost $180 million. Dozens of other Alaskan villages are also threatened by rising sea levels.

August 24, 2016
Alaska town votes to relocate due to climate-change driven sea level rise

Shishmaref, Alaska. Photo: Bering Land Bridge National Preserve/Wikimedia Commons.

The residents of Shishmaref, Alaska voted to leave their ancestral home and relocate to safer ground as climate change-driven sea level rise threatens to flood the village. The move is estimated to cost $180 million.

The remote island is experiencing rapid coastal erosion as sea levels rise and permafrost thaws. More than 600 Inuit residents are at risk. Thirty other Alaskan villages face similar threats.

 

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