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UAF Scientist Advising Native Communities on Relocation


While Americans debate causes of global warming, one University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist is doing something about it.

Robin Bronen, human rights attorney, executive director of the Alaska Institute for Justice and senior research scientist on arctic biology, not only writes a climate change column for the Huffington Post, she is working with 15 Alaska Native communities experiencing erosion and flooding to relocate to higher ground.

Bronen told the Nome Nugget that of 15 threatened villages, only two – Kivalina and Shismaref – have already chosen relocation sites. “The tragedy of this,” said Bronen, “is none of the communities have yet relocated.”

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