Climate Change: Realities of Relocation for Alaska Native Villages

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Tribal Profiles
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NGO, Tribal Entity
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As temperatures across the Arctic rise at twice the global average, the impacts of climate change in Alaska are already being felt (IPCC 2007). Alaska Natives are among the most impacted in this region, and, according to the Government Accountability Office in 2004, flooding and erosion affected 86% of Alaska Native villages to some extent, and by 2009, the GAO reported that flooding and erosion imminently threatened thirty-one villages. This profile examines the challenges of relocation and offers examples from three Alaska Native villages working to protect their people, culture and natural resources.

Category: 
Relocation, Sea Level Rise, Erosion, Tribal

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