Global Warming Frontline In Alaska

<p>A village on an Alaskan island may disappear in 10 to 15 years.</p>
November 26, 2007, 10am PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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"The island is now a sliver of sand and permafrost less than 600 feet across at its widest point. The Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will be 10 to 15 years before the ground beneath the clump of clapboard houses washes away.

The prospect of Kivalina's disappearance has set off its own storm, jarring a place that, like most of global warming's early victims, has long struggled on the fringes of the planet."

"...after a two-year study of possible relocation sites, the Army Corps of Engineers concluded last year that Kiniktuuraq was no good. It too was vulnerable to erosion, flooding and permafrost thawing -- and would become more vulnerable as the planet warmed."

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Published on Sunday, November 25, 2007 in The Los Angeles Times
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