They are Moving My Town!

The ice is melting in Alaska and some towns are in danger of being swallowed by the sea.  In this article, they talk about relocating Kivalina, a little town that we lived in for a year, Vanishing Alaska.

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looked at relocating Kivalina, a nearby village of 380 people, the price tag was $100 million to $400 million — roughly $1 million for each resident.

(If that’s really the price, I’m thinking they should just build a new town for a fraction of a $1 million/person and give people a chunk of the money to help them relocate.) The New York Times Travel section had a good article about global warming is affecting Alaska’s tourism, The Race to Alaska Before It Melts. Good in the short run as people worry they’ll miss the great sights of Alaska – the glaciers are melting.