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Melting permafrost creates North America's first climate refugees

According to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, 31 indigenous villages in the Arctic region of Alaska face imminent threats from climate change. As many as 12 have decided to relocate, and one, Newtok, has identified a site and will start building new homes this summer. Biologist Carl Wassilie, a Yup’ik Eskimo and one of the founders of Alaska’s Big Village Network, is in town for this Saturday’s Climate Crisis Summit in Chicago at IIT’s Kent College of Law. Today, he stops by Worldview to talk about the Alaskan villages facing imminent threat.

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