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America's First Climate Refugees

Author: Reilly Capps/Wednesday, May 15, 2013/Categories: climate change

[The Marines have literally been called in to Newtok. Only here, it's the sea they're fighting. A Lance Corporal operates a backhoe to help solidify a road near a town that is sinking into the sea. Photo by the USMC.]

By Reilly Capps 

Here's a brilliant article, with gorgeous use of photo and video along with it, to tell the story of the people The Guardian calls "America's First Climate Refugees." These are the people called the Yup'ik, who live in an Alaskan town called Newtok. Alaska is warming twice as fast as the rest of America, the article says. Erosion is eating away at the Yup'iks' land, and it's just a matter of time before they're forced to move.

Along with nearly anyone who spends substantial time outdoors, they've seen their weather change. 

"The snow comes in a different timing now," says a resident named Nathan Tom. 

"When people say whether climate change is real, what do you say?" asks reporter Suzanne Goldenberg. 

"It's real, global warming, for sure," Tom says.

This is the kind of story that will become more and more common.

Tom says he's confident that the state will help him move his house. We'll see. 


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