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Vanishing ice could wipe out Alaskan village

Say goodbye to the tiny Inupiaq village of Kivalina, one of dozens of villages in Alaska that may soon be abandoned due to climate change. For years, thick fringes of sea ice protected Kivalina, a town of 85 homes perched on a barrier island at the edge of the Chukchi Sea, from being washed away by powerful waves and winter storms—but the ice is vanishing. The village needs to be relocated, and stat, but who’s going to dole out the more than $100 million that it would cost is an open question, The Washington Post notes: President Barack Obama has proposed $50.4 million in federal spending to help all Alaskan villages, an insufficient amount that Congress may not approve anyway. But while the wrangling continues, Kivalina is becoming a poster child for Alaskan villages in peril.

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