Warming Erodes An Alaskan Village
"For several decades the people of this barrier island have been fighting a losing battle with nature."
"Not only are the glaciers melting, causing sea levels to rise, but the frozen ground on which the village was built - also known as permafrost - is thawing, making the ground crumble like sand."
"Shishmaref is a community that is literally being swallowed by the sea."
"Village elder Tony Weyiouanna estimates the tide moves an average of 10 feet (three metres) closer to the land every year."
"Two homes have already toppled into the sea, others have wilted and buckled and now teeter ominously at the cliff's edge."