A Wrenching Choice for Alaska Towns in the Path of Climate Change

With its close proximity to the Arctic, Alaska is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the United States and the state is heading for the warmest year on record. The government has identified at least 31 Alaskan towns and cities at imminent risk of destruction, joining a flow of climate refugees around the globe, in Bolivia, China, Niger and other countries.

“I wish they’d come and spend one day in one of our storms,” Axel Jackson, who sits on the village council, said of politicians in Washington. The federal government spends billions on wars in foreign countries, he said. ”But they still treat us like we’re a third world country.”

Link to the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/11/29/science/alaska-global-warming.html