The impact of climate change — including permafrost melt, more powerful storms and soil erosion — is threatening Alaskan natives.
June 10, 2005 Out late on a Friday night, teenage Inupiat Eskimos go ice-hopping on the Chukchi Sea, one of the rare distractions in Shishmaref, Alaska. The choice for the federal government — and state and local officials — is whether to try to preserve, if it is even possible, the heritage of the Inuit villages, their ice cellars, sod ancestral homes and cemeteries ringed with spires of whale bones. Or spend the hundreds of millions of dollars it would cost to move even one village. Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images Buy Photo