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Climate change and Shishmaref, Alaska
The effect of global climate change upon Shishmaref is sometimes seen as the most dramatic in the world. Rising temperatures have resulted in a reduction in the sea ice which serves to buffer Shishmaref from storm surges and Shishmaref is facing potential evacuation as the island vanishes into the sea.
  • Sinking stones of the protective seawall, Shishmaref, Alaska
  • Erosion of sand cliff at the edge of Shishmaref
  • Sinking seawall
  • Abandoned home near the coast of Shishmaref
  • Aerial view of the old runway now used for housing
  • Houses collapsing due to coastal erosion
  • Aerial view of Shishmaref