Sep 18, 2019

The Impact of Climate Change on Kivalina, Alaska

Kivalina, AK
USA
by
Alan Taylor
,
The Atlantic
An aerial view from a drone shows the village of Kivalina, Alaska, which sits at the very end of an eight-mile barrier reef located between a lagoon and the Chukchi Sea, photographed on September 10, 2019. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty
An aerial view from a drone shows the village of Kivalina, Alaska, which sits at the very end of an eight-mile barrier reef located between a lagoon and the Chukchi Sea, photographed on September 10, 2019. Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty

Along Alaska’s west coast, about 80 miles above the Arctic circle, sits the village of Kivalina, situated on a narrow strip of land between a lagoon and the Chukchi Sea—one of several native coastal villages dealing with problems due to the warming of the Arctic. Joe Raedle, a photographer for Getty, recently flew to Kivalina to spend some time with the villagers and photograph their lives and surroundings. The warming climate has led to troubles such as the accelerated erosion of the land the village sits on, which used to be mitigated by sea ice (which is vanishing), and permafrost (which is melting).