Climate Change Destroyed This Town

Posted by on Monday, April 24, 2017

Image from NOAA

In Alaska there is an island that was once home to over 500 people. Now they have voted to relocate.

Shishmaref has seen dramatic changes in recent years.

Rising temperatures have resulted in a reduction in the sea ice which serves to buffer Shishmaref from storm surges. At the same time, the permafrost that the village is built on has also begun to melt, making the shore even more vulnerable to erosion.

In recent years the shore has been receding at an average rate of up to 3.3 m per year.

Barricades have been put up to protect the village, the shore has continued to erode at an alarming rate.

On August 16, 2016, the village voted to move the town to the mainland.



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