Alaskan Villages Have Been Sinking Into Permafrost For 70 Years

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Meanwhile, some Eskimo kid in Alaska is suing the state for not stopping his family from being total morons.

 last year, Nelson Kanuk, a freshman at at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks, sued his state for failing to reduce carbon emissions or slow climate change. Last week, the Alaska Supreme Court agreed to hear Kanuk’s appeal, becoming the first high court in the country to take up such a case. (You can view the full hearing, which took place in a high school auditorium, here.)

Kanuk hails from a remote Yup’ik Eskimo village called Kipnuk, which is accessible primarily via river. Due to melting permafrost, the riverbank that protects Kanuk’s family’s house from floods softened, and some 13 feet of their front yard was swallowed up by the rushing water. The family has since been forced to move about 100 miles away.

Alaska’s Supreme Court Will Rule on This College Freshman’s Global Warming Lawsuit | Mother Jones

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12 Responses to Alaskan Villages Have Been Sinking Into Permafrost For 70 Years

  1. Gamecock says:

    “some 13 feet of their front yard was swallowed up by the rushing water. The family has since been forced to move about 100 miles away.”

    Forced? Is there fear that another 527,987 feet will give way?

    • Ernest Bush says:

      If you follow the link provided by Jimbo below, you will find that they were likely forced to move where they moved from by the government, also. I hope they also put lots of insulation under the floors of buildings in those areas. Modern heating systems might be a problem in new buildings there over time, I would think.

      This all sounds like another fine idea foisted on the Indians by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, showing us that the government knows what is in our best interests. I hope the guy wins his suit. The only good thing the government can do for these people is leave them alone.

  2. Don says:

    Look what I just read on DTT dot com: “…….. the Arctic is warming twice as fast as lower latitudes, which is why people who live in the Far North were the first to notice climate changes; since Inuit hunters and whalers have had to pay particularly close attention to weather and snow and ice conditions.”

    More wizards of stupid at work.

  3. gator69 says:

    River banks never eroded before the advent of the SUV.

  4. Jimbo says:

    Sinking in permafrost sometimes has nothing to do with global warming and everything to do with disturbed vegetation by humans. Alaska’s recent climate warming spell is just about over.
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/14/the-guardians-suzanne-goldenberg-takes-a-fossil-fueled-trip-to-a-remote-alaskan-village-to-tell-us-recent-global-warming-caused-a-town-to-sink-but-thats-not-the-cause/
    http://akclimate.org/ClimTrends/Change/TempChange.html

  5. Ed says:

    Who’s paying his legal fees? Oh! I bet I can guess.

  6. kuhnkat says:

    I Imagine this is another one where the gubmint told them where to have the permanent settlement against the combined knowledge of centuries of Inuit experience. The current kids know little of their heritage and are further crippled by gubmint education.

  7. Andy Oz says:

    So the Bureau of Indian Affairs forced the family to move 100 miles away from their source of natural food, fish and game. And that’s a progressive policy?
    Reminds me of:

  8. Larry Fields says:

    If Alaska is a Daubert standard state, then Psychic Larry predicts that common sense will prevail.

    The Kanuk family did not exercise due diligence when making their choice about where to live. Melting permafrost has been affecting people in the Far North for some 60 years. And there’s zero evidence that it’s due to our ‘evil’ CO2 emissions.

    Here’s a parallel situation. In the metro area where I live, there are thousands of houses in the floodplains of the Sacramento and American Rivers. People who choose to live in the low-lying areas are not playing with a full deck, and it’s not reasonable for them to expect Uncle Sugar to bail them out when the inevitable happens.

    In this case, the best we can do is to mandate full disclosure from real estate agents, and to require the homeowners to be FULLY insured against floods, with zero gubmint subsidies on the premiums.

  9. You should read a little story I wrote about permafrost..
    Permafrost – The Cold Hard Facts
    http://wp.me/pOWA1-3z

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