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Climate change threatens a way of life in Shishmaref, Alaska

In Shismaref, Alaska, an Iñupiat village that is home to about 600 people, climate change poses more than a physical threat, it threatens the community’s culture. The village is located on Sarichef Island, about a quarter of a mile wide, near the Bering Strait. Sea ice around the island used to protect it from the ocean’s fierce waves. Permafrost created the town’s foundation. But warming temperatures mean the ice is forming later and later, and the permafrost is thawing.

Federal funds will help with Alaska village relocation

The federal spending bill signed on March 23 included $15 million to help relocate an Alaskan village that is threatened by rising water due to climate change. The Ninglick River is heading toward Newtok homes and structures at a rate of about 70 feet per year.

Rural Alaskan communities collaborate to address challenges

About 8,000 people live in the 13 mostly Yup’ik villages in Alaska’s Kusilvak census area, from Hooper Bay on the coast to Emmonak at the mouth of the Yukon River to Russian Mission upriver. The region’s isolation adds 40 percent or more to the cost of goods for shipping