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Native American Tribe Gets Federal Funds to Flee Rising Seas

Environment  (tags: climate change, Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw, Indians, Native Americans, sea level rise, relocation, Gulf of Mexico, Louisisiana )

- 943 days ago -
Land that has supported the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians through trapping fishing and agriculture for 170 years is being swallowed by the Gulf of Mexico. Relocation will make the tribe one of the first populations in US resettled from climate change


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Animae C (507)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 4:29 am
"The threat to the tribe has come not only from climate change but from other human activities such as oil and gas development that has caused a decline in sediment deposits from the Mississippi River."
"Threats to coastal Louisiana are compounded not only by rising sea levels, but by the fact that the land is also sinking, because the marshlands are eroding without new silt to replace it."

What a catastrophe!!!

".... a new study by researchers at Stetson University and the University of Georgia shows that rising sea levels will jeopardize the homes of more than 13 million Americans by the end of the century. FLORIDA will be hardest hit while Louisiana is second most vulnerable, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change."

Florida to be hardest hit Dande, pack your bags matey, i told you i've got a couple of spare rooms!!!

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 4:39 am
The insanity of it all AniMae is Stetson University is right here, within the town I live, an area of liberal thinkers as well as intellectuals. However, there is a big section of Florida that are Republicans so the idiots like the Gov we have, Rick Scott, informs his State workers that if they so much utter the words "climate change', "sea level rise" or "global warming" he'll fire them; and he has done so.

Why people vote in these FOOLS to begin with is beyond me but to vote in people who will literally allow one to drown and swallow up all they own is beyond pale. I can only put it down to people are ill informed, ignorant, has drank the kool aid, boils down to the low information voter. That is why we could end up with a Donald Trump as President.

Animae C (507)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 4:59 am
BUT isn't that an infringement of your constitutional right to speak?!?!?

i have always wondered why so many good Americans vote in creatures like Scott....
Does not make any sense at all to me!!!

RJ Hughes (45)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 6:07 am
This is great news and a victory for the tribe, glad to hear it. Unfortunately, this is not so great news as regards indicators of things to come, as sea levels continue to rise, the consequences to those directly affected and displaced, as well as to the rest of the country and our national and local economies is going to be, as Bernie likes to say, "YUGE" and very costly. And, sadly, the longer we wait as a nation to start dealing with not only trying to slow down climate change (best we can hope for, am afraid as more and more evidence is showing, it’s already too late to stop it, it is happening now, and there is no going back at this point) and mitigate the impacts and future costs, it will only become all the more costly to deal with the longer it’s put off. Me thinks it’s a great time to start investing in stocks of sandbag manufacturing and moving companies! ;)

Thanks for the share! :D

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 8:01 am
One hopes that we don't end up with Trump, Dandelion. THAT would be a disaster on a new scale of disasters. . .

People have got to wake up and realize what's going on.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 8:59 am
Relieved to hear these people are getting some much needed help. Our tribes in Canada face so many of the same problems+are often being resettled. Another wake call of our ever changing climate. thx Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 11:40 am
Sad state of affairs---but glad they are being somewhat assisted in their relocation. Sheryl, dear Dandelion, if ever you need/want to leave, call me if you wish to come to New Hampshire. As Buffy said, "We'll make a space in the lives that we've planned---and here you'll stay, until it's time for you to go". Everyone who has put a shell over their hearts, must consider that these are cataclysmic times and time to extend a helping hand to unfortunate wounded tendrils--most especially to help with the welfare of friends, family and all fellow citizens. That's the only way for mankind to survive, heal and once again thrive.

JL A (281)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 2:40 pm
I've been following this issue--thanks for the update Dandelion. There is an island tribe in Alaska waiting for any promise of similar help, too.

M B (62)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 8:19 pm
climate change = devastating!
Thank you!

Shirley S (187)
Thursday March 17, 2016, 9:59 pm
Good that help is on hand to resettle these people. The rising sea levels is certainly creating new challenges to civilizations in many areas.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday March 18, 2016, 1:06 am

Sherri G (128)
Friday March 18, 2016, 2:00 am
I am so concerned about rising sea levels that I am studying geographical maps for elevation in Washington where I hope to move. We all need to wake up climate change is here NOW. It is up to us to act. TY Dandelion, Noted

Jim Ven (0)
Friday March 18, 2016, 3:49 am
thanks for the article.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday March 18, 2016, 5:47 am
Many are talking about Global Warming,unfortunately very few is doing anything about it.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 18, 2016, 6:16 am
Nothing more to sacrifice

Scott S (14)
Friday March 18, 2016, 8:50 am

Jeff Creech (64)
Friday March 18, 2016, 1:36 pm

Roslyn McBride (32)
Friday March 18, 2016, 1:36 pm

TOM TREE (248)
Friday March 18, 2016, 1:54 pm
Scary Stuff !

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday March 18, 2016, 2:38 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
Yes, very good that money was provided and they will be moved---just wondering where. I would say that this area in LA as well as the other areas mentioned in the article are the "canaries in the coal mine."
The devastating effects of Climate Change are not only real, they are here now.

Sheila D (28)
Friday March 18, 2016, 2:44 pm
And so it begins. We have had numerous clues as to what climate change is going to do, but no one seems to pay attention until it's so obvious we have to do something. Any community that lives on the coast is at risk.
Thanks for the post, Dandelion.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday March 18, 2016, 4:02 pm
That is a high amount who live along the coast in Australia, we have appox 50% which is still a lot of people I do also hope that the Alaskan band will also receive help in relocation JL A, in fact I didn't know if they or the ones this article was written about would be first. That they were financially assisted is a big factor as it's not cheap to move an entire community and find another place to begin again to keep the community intact.

This is most sad for many people being with their "known" community might not be possible. As this goes on and the expense of moving people those funds will dry up and it will be every man and woman for their own selves. People in the Asian islands will be lucky if they get to remain together and not end up scattered across this world as a few Countries will take in some here or some there.

We see this happening with the Syrians, which some articles stated one of the root problems that caused some initial unrest was drought caused with climate change or as I call it now, climate disruption. Change has happened, we are dealing with the disruption. So I very much agree with RJ Hughes, the ones who are in the positions to "do" what needed to be done did not, climate change can not be prevented we can only try to not make it worse and help those who will be affected the greatest and quicker.

And even with what is taking place as Arild mentioned, still too many talk but no action or action that is too little for the gravity at hand. We've really left a mess for future generations, I"m sure we'll be cursed by the lot of them for having done so little to prevent the challenges they will be dealing with.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday March 18, 2016, 4:09 pm
AniMae, there is the right to speech but if you are employed the employer has the right to tell you what you can or can't do on the job. If one is a State worker, ultimately that is the Gov. Rick Scott, and as long as people vote in these Tea Bag climate deniers these are the loonies we must deal with.

Those who have been fired do have court cases but that must go through the legal system, meanwhile they are without a job and so most of the other employees clam up as they don't also want to be fired. We live in a "Right to Work" State; which basically means you have NO Rights while you are at work.

One can be fired for almost anything, and they are, I've known people fired because they didn't come in with the correct color socks on and another took one day off in 20 years to be with her daughter who was having major surgery. She was told that wasn't a day off for her, she was allowed only Monday off. So much for 20 years of loyalty by the employee but it didn't get returned.

So while you can say what you want, you'll not be shot, but you can be fired.

Animae C (507)
Friday March 18, 2016, 4:15 pm
Aren't there workers unions in the US to protect the people?

Sheryl G (360)
Friday March 18, 2016, 4:55 pm
Not in a Right to Work State and Corporate is trying to convince more and more States to go that route. Our Unions are at an all time low, only 11% of all workers. Most those Unions that exist are backing Hillary against Bernie Sanders and Union members have spoken out against their leadership in many places for having done so.

Republicans want no Unions, no minimum wage, all States to be Right To Work States, basically hire fire at will and pay them even less than minimum wage which at around $8 an hour is starvation wages now. For those who work for tips, the hourly wage is $2 something. And yet, these people have voted in the people who are keeping them in low wages. Trump has come right out and said, he does not feel the minimum wage should be raised. So I don't know, I guess too many toxins are spilling out over here between the lead in the drinking water, the fracking fumes, and the GMO's in our foods, people don't seem to have a brain on their shoulder.

If you were not so far away I'd think about packing my bags and taking you up on the offer you've given.
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