Environment
4:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Sen. Whitehouse Talks With Alaskans Threatened By Climate Change

In Washington D.C., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will talk with Alaska Natives this morning to find out how extreme coastal erosion caused by climate change may force them to relocate from their village.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the Senate floor in Washington.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the Senate floor in Washington.
Credit Courtesy Whitehouse Office

The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, co-chaired by Sen. Whitehouse and Ca. Rep. Henry Waxman, is hosting five residents from the Alaskan village of Shishmaref.

People have lived in the village for 400 years. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the sea ice that polar bears and seals depend on for survival is thinning and moving away from the island village. Residents of this northern Alaska village depend on those polar bears and seals for food.

Today’s forum and the congressional task force are efforts by Sen. Whitehouse and other members of Congress to draw the public’s and lawmakers’ attention to climate change.

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