Climate change scientists say that Alaska is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. Erosion, flooding and a drastically changing landscape is putting locals at the forefront of a global crisis.
For Reppi Swan, the consequences of Alaska's big thaw are plain to see. The ice is getting thinner. Summer is snowing, winter is raining." The native Alaskan community of Newtok is predicted to be underwater by 2017. As the imperative to relocate whole communities grows stronger, anxieties over lack of government funds or action is causing growing anger. Accusing their leaders of relying on "band-aid solutions", locals believe their future is in doubt.