It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
Comments: Best they can hope for is a delivery of FEMA mobile homes in a safer part of Alaska. The problem is similar to that faced by New Orleans but the numbers are too small.
Even if the sea-level rise was to take place, heck even if it was ten times as bad as they predict and the village has a year to move instead of decade, does that qualify as "flee"?
I´m thinking the worst-case scenario would be "America´s first climate change refugees: Hundreds forced to casually saunter a few yards uphill, and consider maybe making some architectural modifications to their Alaskan village before it disappears underwater within a decade" (except that I bet the writer is confusing "get´s the foundations of a few buildings wet" with "disappears underwater".
I mean really - is ANY climate alarmist predicting an ocean rise that could even cover a dog house in a decade, much less an actual building?
Lies, lies, lies, told by statists grasping for power.
Oh friggin´ bullsnibbit. The Alaska Islands and shoreline are connnnnnstantly changing. This is what happens when you live on volcanic islands! They are ever evolving, just like Hawaii. What is there today may well NOT be ther tomorrow.
Those natives that have not been bought and paid for likely know this. Schoolchildren used to be taught this.
Before Climate carp was fished up by modern day whoremongers.
What a dump. Obama would be happy to spend FEMAbucks to move them to another island which they can then turn into a dump. No whales? How about learning another trade, such as farming? Plenty of land available in Detroit. Bring the harpoons.
The article fails to explain how the sea level is going to increase by several feet in northwest Alaska but nowhere else in the world. Utter claptrap that a fifth grader could successfully challenge. The island may sink, but not because the sea around it is rising, and the Daily Mail should be ashamed for running this propaganda.
#19, maybe the earth is tilting in that direction, so the water is running down to that area. /S Has anyone ever heard of Glacier Bay up there? In the early 1800´s the glaciers actually filled the bay, while by the 1880´s they had retreated about 40 miles, so people questioned why the place got its name. So I guess globull warming was taking place because of the Inuits at that time.
#14 ~ folks who are adapted over tens of thousands of years to live in Arctic or subarctic conditions stick around their native habitat because it is comfortable.
That´s the case with the Eskimos of all types, a number of Northern Indian tribes, NE Asian tribes, North Asian tribes, the Sa´ami in Western Asia (Scandinavian peninsula), and quite possibly among the Tierra Del Fuegan Indians ~ they were observed by Magellan and his crew to live around glaciated areas STARK NEKKID!
Then, there´s the diet ~ most of these people can live on meat and fish, maybe a few ligon berries, or moon berries ~ for years at a stretch interspersed with the occasional seal (vitamin C in the hide eh).
Why would they want to move further South where they´d sweat all the time and have to eat bad food.
The small island is facing erosion caused by severe storms that they blame on climate change. They lost a lawsuit in 2012 against businesses they tried to claim are responsible. Connection between the erosion and rising sea levels appear to be editorializing by the writers.
I posted this in the comments section on the story - if, since it´s moderated, they allow it, but I thought I´d re-post it here.
Interesting... this place looks more like an industrial compound than a quaint Inuit village.
"Problem they had no part in."
Then I take it they use no ´fossil fuels,´ plastics or electronic gizmos. Better take another look at the photo. I´d say they fully participate in all the modern conveniences that are supposedly to blame for ´global warming.´ But then again, I guess it´s just us white American males who can be held responsible for this world-wide problem eh?
In the pic with the ´town council´ sitting on a porch I´m pretty sure I see a roll of paper towels hanging on the side of the house. They had those in 1900?
Isn´t it about time to chronicle the dire global warming predictions which by now should have come to fruition? Why do I keep getting an image of Bullwinkle telling Rocky "this time for sure" before every attempt to pull a rabbit out of the hat?
It is the nature of barrier islands to migrate toward the shoreline and gradually disappear, only to ´reappear´ a short distance further out and repeat the conveyer-belt-style migration ashore again. The geologic history of those structures is well-studied and understood, and it has nothing to do with ´warming´.
The ice caps literally froze this dynamic by keeping the pounding tides from driving the movement wherever ice extended beyond the islands into the sea.
And it is the nature of volcanic islands to grow, stop growing, erode, and subside into the sea. Contrary to the brainless vision of many AGW prophets, keeping the sea levels absolutely unchanged would make neither type of island permanent. Both would still gradually slip beneath the waters.
The abundance of bogus ´facts´ and simplistic arguments in the rhetoric on both sides of this issue ensures both sides will be calling each other idiots and liars for a long time. I´ve pointed out ridiculous and disingenous aspects of the hype coming from Algore and his AGW alarmist minions for two decades now. This post and the next will be an effort to be even-handed in that.
#3 -- while the Arctic cap is afloat, most of the southern polar ice cap is on solid ground. Warmists tend to ignore #3´s point when it comes to shrinking Arctic ice, and anti-Warmists tend to do the opposite with receding Antarctic and continental ice.
#9 -- realize that many who push the globalwarming hype predict up to 20 feet of sea level rise in the next few centuries. That´s a little higher than most dog houses...
#10 -- good point, though the island in this article is a barrier island, not a volcanic one. Different geology.
#11 -- the article didn´t say "unlimited generations". "Countless" just means we have no basis on which to estimate the count.
#17 -- ´global´ as in taking the planet as a whole. If the amount of rise times the rising areas exceeds the amount of recession times the receding areas, then the global result will be a net rise. Simple math.
#18 -- the ice used to extend beyond the coastline and prevent the tidal erosion that is standard fare for barrier islands. So that part of their argument holds water (no pun intended).
#22,27 -- slight fix: tides and currents create them and move them, storms accelerate the process, and sea ice pauses it.
#28 -- actually it does look lumpy from space, both in sea level and in gravitational field. And it isn´t quite a sphere -- it´s slightly squashed between poles and bulges a little bit, slightly below the equator.
#31 -- when the ´bathtub´ is the size of a planet and its basin has unequal distribution of mass inside it, the differing gravity will actually lead to some an uneven smoothness on the surface of the water. Just because AGW is a scam doesn´t permit us to use centuries-out-of-date science.
FTA: ´The US government imposed this Western lifestyle on us, gave us their burdens and now they expect us to pick everything up and move it ourselves. What kind of government does that?´
Whoa. This makes the head explode. The “village” is an industrial complex on a flat erodible spit hardly above sea level surrounded by no land taller than a potted geranium. What kind of moron builds an industrial complex in such a place and expects it to last forever? This is exactly the same thing as people building multi-million dollar mansions on the beach below sea level in Florida, then complaining that the insurance is too high. Of course you are going to be displaced. That reef has not been there forever, and even the barest research would demonstrate that this type of landscape is in a CONSTANT state of change.
If they don’t want this "imposed" lifestyle any more, walk away and leave it to drown and be free from evil Western conveniences. The conveniences you were given are yours now – do with it what you will. If you don’t want to pay to move YOUR possessions, then DON’T.
Subsidence happens anywhere. Why is the water not rising in Venice if sea levels are rising? Too much ´miseducation´ (yes; a new word. It means wrongly directed education; perhaps due to nonviable theories).
Sorry, there is just too much to say here: The lead-in makes it sound as if this “village” has been there for “countless generations,” which is complete hokum. I’m sure the people of the lower 48 who have been displaced from their homes due to weather blamed on “global warming” are feeling cheated that THEY are not the “first refugees”.
The last part about imposing a carbon tax on Americans or “millions will die” is textbook hyperbolic nonsense on steroids. What exactly will bankrupting businesses do to stop ice from melting? These people aren’t going to die, they are going to move to a new sandbar.
Lastly, why does this author hate whales? I’m sorry the people can’t go out and kill whales this year, I’m sure that’s never happened before in human history. Shouldn’t this tree-hugging, polar bear cuddling, seal-smooching buffoon of a writer be HAPPY that the whales are being spared? NO! He wants ice so that whales can be slaughtered. /S
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