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2016-11-29. A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change.

posted Nov 30, 2016, 1:40 PM by Alan Gould

Text by ERICA GOOD, Photographs and video by JOSH HANER, The New York Times. For GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: ...Laid out on a narrow spit of sand between the Tagoomenik River and the Bering Sea, [Shaktoolik] the village of 250 or so people is facing an imminent threat from increased flooding and erosion, signs of a changing climate. With its proximity to the Arctic, Alaska is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the United States and the state is heading for the warmest year on record. The government has identified at least 31 Alaskan towns and cities at imminent risk of destruction, with Shaktoolik ranking among the top four. Some villages, climate change experts predict, will be uninhabitable by 2050, their residents joining a flow of climate refugees around the globe, in Bolivia, China, Niger and other countries....  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/29/science/alaska-global-warming.html