The Alaskan village that needs to be moved because of climate change

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By Chris Mooney February 24 at 12:10 PM
Washington Post: link The remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change - The Washington Post

*Warning: This article may cause depression and/or anger on conservatives who did not know there is life outside the USA Northeast. Enjoy:

KIVALINA, ALASKA — This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle. And for generations, the Iñupiaq Eskimos of the region have hunted gigantic bowhead whalesfrom camps atop the sea ice that stretches out from the town’s icy shores.

But in recent years, climate change has thinned the ice so much that it has become too dangerous to hunt the whales. Soon, the U.S. government says, it may be too dangerous to live here at all, with less sea ice to protect the barrier island from powerful waves that wash across the village.

“Global warming has caused us so much problems,” said Joseph Swan, Sr., a Kivalina elder, at a town meeting last week. The ice “does not freeze like it used to. It used to be like 10 to 8 feet thick, way out in the ocean.”


The question now facing the town, the state of Alaska, and the nation is whether to move the people of Kivalina to a safer location nearby, either inland or further down the coast — and who would pay upwards of a hundred million dollars to do it. It’s a question already facing Kivalina and a handful of other native Alaskan villages, and in the coming decades could apply to numerous other towns along U.S. coastlines. Here, climate change is less a future threat and more a daily force, felt in drastic changes to weather, loss of traditional means of sustenance like whale hunting, and the literal vanishing of land.
 

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One would expect the summer to bring some withdrawal of the ice. It's not happening. The arctic ice cap is thicker and covers more square miles than ever before.

Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now Daily Mail Online
2 years? LMAO. Scientists don't use 2 years as a trend. But then, you are not a scientist, but a message board nickname, so I guess you can pretend 2 years is a long-term trend.
 

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And you can pretend that the ice is thinning when it is in fact thickening.
 

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2 years? LMAO. Scientists don't use 2 years as a trend. But then, you are not a scientist, but a message board nickname, so I guess you can pretend 2 years is a long-term trend.
Scientists don't use appeals to emotion by the Washington Post - cultists do.

Which is lucky, since you AGW morons are not scientists.
 
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2 years? LMAO. Scientists don't use 2 years as a trend. But then, you are not a scientist, but a message board nickname, so I guess you can pretend 2 years is a long-term trend.
Scientists don't use appeals to emotion by the Washington Post - cultists do.

Which is lucky, since you AGW morons are not scientists.
Thinning ice is appealing to emotion?
 

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What horseshit, lol.

Yup, the climate changes. Always has, always will.
 

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By Chris Mooney February 24 at 12:10 PM
Washington Post: link The remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change - The Washington Post

*Warning: This article may cause depression and/or anger on conservatives who did not know there is life outside the USA Northeast. Enjoy:

KIVALINA, ALASKA — This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle. And for generations, the Iñupiaq Eskimos of the region have hunted gigantic bowhead whalesfrom camps atop the sea ice that stretches out from the town’s icy shores.

But in recent years, climate change has thinned the ice so much that it has become too dangerous to hunt the whales. Soon, the U.S. government says, it may be too dangerous to live here at all, with less sea ice to protect the barrier island from powerful waves that wash across the village.

“Global warming has caused us so much problems,” said Joseph Swan, Sr., a Kivalina elder, at a town meeting last week. The ice “does not freeze like it used to. It used to be like 10 to 8 feet thick, way out in the ocean.”


The question now facing the town, the state of Alaska, and the nation is whether to move the people of Kivalina to a safer location nearby, either inland or further down the coast — and who would pay upwards of a hundred million dollars to do it. It’s a question already facing Kivalina and a handful of other native Alaskan villages, and in the coming decades could apply to numerous other towns along U.S. coastlines. Here, climate change is less a future threat and more a daily force, felt in drastic changes to weather, loss of traditional means of sustenance like whale hunting, and the literal vanishing of land.

That's awful!
It never got warmer or colder, before we started using fossil fuels.
 
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What horseshit, lol.

Yup, the climate changes. Always has, always will.
Does it always change or te same reasons? Your argument is similar to the argument that a man did not fall into depression due to the death of his mother because he was previously depressed due to a loss of a job and a failed romantic-relationship.
 

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OMG

Native Indians always packed and moved for different seasons, hunting, etc

NOW it's omg omg omg

these globull warmers everything is the, sky is falling
 

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Now Staph, you are as stupid about this as you are about everything else. However, that is the new GOP theme. Anti-science, anti-knowledge, pro-ignorance. That is the new GOP. And you flap yapping idiots are welcome to it.
 

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Now Staph, you are as stupid about this as you are about everything else. However, that is the new GOP theme. Anti-science, anti-knowledge, pro-ignorance. That is the new GOP. And you flap yapping idiots are welcome to it.
Unreliable energy, now, for the SCIENCE!!!
LOL!
 

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Climate change happens. The dumb asses need to move themselves like their ancestors did.
 
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Climate change happens. The dumb asses need to move themselves like their ancestors did.
Global Warming scientists don't argue that climate change never happened in the past, so your argument is a Strawman.
 

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Now Staph, you are as stupid about this as you are about everything else. However, that is the new GOP theme. Anti-science, anti-knowledge, pro-ignorance. That is the new GOP. And you flap yapping idiots are welcome to it.

No, the republicans are actually looking at the science....well....the science that hasn't been tampered with to promote a left wing agenda.......science is supposed to be about finding the truth....not pushing an anti West, anti capitalism agenda because you simply don't like them......and throw in the nuts who think the world is over populated.....and seeking the truth is what conservatives are all about ...not hiding it because it doesn't give you the power to destroy the groups of people you hate.........and the left is the pro ignorance party as they force people to stay in horrible public schools so that they don't learn how to see truth, and so they are always beholden to the left.....
 

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