2016-08-19. Reeling From Effects of Climate Change, Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate.

posted Aug 19, 2016, 12:56 PM by Alan Gould
By Christopher Mele and Daniel Victor, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: Residents of a small Alaskan village voted this week to relocate their entire community from a barrier island that has been steadily disappearing because of erosion and flooding attributed to climate change. ...Shishmaref is not alone in facing a move because of the effects of climate change. In January, the federal government allocated $48 million to relocate Isle de Jean Charles, La., an island that is sinking into the sea. The effort earned the residents the title of the United States’ first “climate refugees.” As many as 200 million people could be displaced by 2050 because of climate change, according to a study for the British government. In Alaska, 31 villages face “imminent threat of destruction” from erosion and flooding, according to the Arctic Institute, a nonprofit group in Washington that studies issues affecting the Arctic....  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/20/us/shishmaref-alaska-elocate-vote-climate-change.html