AP PHOTOS: Alaska village still home despite climate threat

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By JAE C. HONG and LUIS ANDRES HENAO

October 29, 2022 GMT

https://apnews.com/article/religion-alaska-climate-and-environment-9384b22825a0df83dbaa03ab14ff18f1

SHISHMAREF, Alaska (AP) — “Home sweet home.” That’s how Helen Kakoona calls her Alaska Native village of Shishmaref when asked what it means to live on a remote barrier island near the Arctic Circle.

Her home and the traditional lifestyle kept for thousands of years is in peril, vulnerable to the effects of climate change with rising sea levels, erosion and the loss of protective sea ice.

So much has been lost over time that residents have voted twice to relocate. But Shishmaref remains in the same place. The relocation is too

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