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Sun Aug 30, 2015, 02:44 PM

 

This is climate change: Alaskan villagers struggle as island is chewed up by the sea

Source: latimes

This what climate change looks like, up close and personal.

In this town of 403 residents 83 miles above the Arctic Circle, beaches are disappearing, ice is melting, temperatures are rising, and the barrier reef Kivalina calls home gets smaller and smaller with every storm.

There is no space left to build homes for the living. The dead are now flown to the mainland so the ocean won't encroach upon their graves. Most here agree that the town should be relocated; where, when and who will pay for it are the big questions. The Army Corps of Engineers figures Kivalina will be underwater in the next decade or so.

Because the town's days on the edge of the Chukchi Sea are numbered, no money has been invested to improve residents' lives. Eighty percent of the homes do not have toilets. Most rely on homemade honey buckets a receptacle lined with a garbage bag topped by a toilet seat.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-arctic-obama-20150830-story.html



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Reply This is climate change: Alaskan villagers struggle as island is chewed up by the sea (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
valerief Aug 2015 #1
underpants Aug 2015 #7
JDPriestly Aug 2015 #10
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #11
MADem Aug 2015 #12
Demeter Aug 2015 #2
PatrickforO Aug 2015 #3
BlueJazz Aug 2015 #4
AnotherDreamWeaver Aug 2015 #5
SunSeeker Aug 2015 #6
underpants Aug 2015 #9
underpants Aug 2015 #8
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 #14
freshwest Aug 2015 #13

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 02:48 PM

1. I'm sure some fossil fuelists will tell you it's because Jesus doesn't like them anymore. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 04:25 PM

7. Not to be insensitive but...

Everyone there gets a check courtesy of the oil industry. 85% of the state budget is paid by the oil - sorry PC -energy industry

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Response to underpants (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 05:05 PM

10. Right!

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Response to underpants (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 06:10 PM

11. not their fault. they were born in Alaska, most on the island

 

I am sure it still sucks to lose one's land to the ses

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Response to underpants (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 31, 2015, 08:12 AM

12. I had a relative who lived up there years ago and used to crow about the government check

he got every year.

I didn't see it as worth it. I'd rather pay taxes and live somewhere I could see the sun year round.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 02:49 PM

2. It looks about the size and shape of an aircraft carrier

 

lightbulb goes on over head...

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 02:53 PM

3. This is sick. No words. n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 03:24 PM

4. No comment except for Climate Deniers who are thinking some stupid Bullsh*t >>>

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 04:17 PM

6. The should exile "Senator Snowball" onto that island. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 04:30 PM

9. No he is from Oklahoma

Sea rise is the LAST thing he needs to worry about for his cinstituents. Earthquakes due to fracking - or Sharia c. H. U. D. S. - is what he needs to worry about.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Aug 30, 2015, 04:26 PM

8. The road is going to be cut off soon.

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Response to underpants (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 31, 2015, 03:11 PM

14. yes. and no room for even a small plane to land

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2015, 09:54 AM

13. The sea level has risen before, England and France were once connected;

The Bering Strait, Japan, Egypt and various places in the Mediterranean and Carribean had land bridges now covered with water.

Sometimes one wonders how high the water will go - somewhere on DU, I read that the ocean will be at a very high level on the west coast. Some islands are 'drowning' now.

San Francisco and Miami don't appear to be around in the future. The ice caps are leaving rapidly, just like the glaciers have been for some years.

The folks there in Alaska have many more bad days coming. Mankind is going to be on the move as in the past with large migrations.

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