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AK: Climate Change

By | May 18, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Flying into Selawik. Photo by Michael Brubaker, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Crack in ground caused by melting permafrost. Photo by Michael Brubaker Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Alaska Natives living in some Arctic coastal communities became the nation’s first climate change refugees when the loss of protective ice, exposed them to huge waves and storm surges, making it too dangerous to remain in their homes.  But inland villages are also feeling the affects of global warming. Melting permafrost is devastating the delta community of Selawik. To find out how residents are coping, Johanna Eurich visited the village, where the land is sinking and eroding.

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