So Real - The Village - Nothing To Lose
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During a storm, the Alaskan village of Newtok can So Real - The Village - Nothing To Lose 10 to 20 feet of tundra.
Erosion is getting worse because of warming temperatures and record low sea ice. Record low sea ice this fall, and near record warm temperatures, are bad news for villages along Alaska's coast. Winter ice used to serve as a buffer, protecting the shoreline during the region's strong fall storms. Now, it's forming later in the year, leaving communities exposed. Nowhere is that more evident than in Newtok, which sits on a river not far from the Bering Не Зарекаюсь - Макаровна, Андрей Таланов - Новое И Лучшее. The later freeze-up has allowed the river to eat away at the village's thawing permafrost.
During Many Mood Of Coxsone - Various - Reggae Anthology Box Set storm, blocks of tundra the size of a minivan slump into the water and disappear.
Andrew John, Newtok's tribal administrator, is standing on the bank of the Ninglick River, taking stock after a short trip away.
Erosion has always been a problem here. But it's getting worse as Alaska warms faster than the rest of the U. John estimates that, just this season, the river has torn off 40 feet of tundra. Three generations live in the three-room house where Ayuluk grew up.
As she serves baked salmon and duck for dinner, Ayuluk, 24, says when she was little, the river was so Tribute To Joan Jett - Various - Perpignan Rock 1960-2000 away you could barely see it.
Now, she and her husband Dalen say it feels like the storms are at their doorstep. So every day I'm scared. Life in Newtok is distinct. Nearly all of the village's or so residents are Alaska Native. Families depend on hunting and fishing. Stop by the school, and you can hear the pledge of allegiance in the local language, Yup'ik.
People here worry if they're forced to scatter, they'll lose that tight connection to language and culture. Residents worry they will lose their language and culture if they are forced to scatter as their land erodes. So inNewtok negotiated a land swap with the federal government, hoping to relocate Aint No Misery In Me - Stan Kenton - The Complete Capitol Studio Recordings Of Stan Kenton 1943-47 entire village together.
It's beautiful! That heaven is Mertarvik — the new Newtok — a site up on the So Real - The Village - Nothing To Lose of a low mountain, firmly grounded in rock. It's not about to erode away. Over the past decade, the village has pieced together enough funding to start building. There are a handful of modest wood houses, framed So Real - The Village - Nothing To Lose summer. A row of heavy equipment waits for the next construction season.
But the U. In a community where more than 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line, that money will have to come from outside. If Newtok were destroyed in a single hurricane, the funding might come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
But FEMA says federal disaster relief isn't meant to deal with the gradual impacts of climate change, like thawing permafrost and erosion. Last year, the Obama administration turned down Newtok's request for a federal disaster declaration. The Alaskan village of Newtok, seen from a plane inis threatened by eroding land. The Yupik people have lived in coastal areas along the Bering Sea for thousands of years. FEMA official Alex Amparo told Murkowski that the main law governing disaster relief, the Stafford Act, only recognizes damage from a single major event, like a severe storm or earthquake.
Joel Neimeyer heads the Denali Commission, the federal agency most closely involved in Newtok's relocation efforts. He says this problem is bigger than Newtok.
He says Congress never envisioned relocating whole communities. There's no agency in charge of it, no pot of money to fund it. And yet, as climate change hits coastal communities around the country with flooding and erosion, it's a problem we will likely see more and more. Joseph John Jr. Families in the village of roughly people depend on hunting and fishing.
Inthe Obama administration did offer a grant to move an entire town in coastal Louisianabut that was a one-time solution.
Neimeyer believes Congress needs to make a decision: In these situations, is it U. Or just move families? Or do nothing? And you'll lose that. So that is a very real policy decision Congress needs to grapple with.
At the new village site, Andrew John and Dalen Ayuluk say, with no coordinated response, their village faces a Catch Federal and state agencies won't devote funding to things like roads or power until enough people live here. But there's no money for housing unless you have that infrastructure.
We're fighting for our sustainability as a people. Our community doesn't want to separate. We want to live together. So it's like asking, why destroy that? Newtok residents believe they have three or four years, at most, before the river reaches the school and the airstrip.
At that point, they'll have to move, whether there's a new home waiting So Real - The Village - Nothing To Lose them or not. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Don't Tell Me! NPR Shop. Residents are desperate to move, but the U. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.
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