Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help

Communities at risk of falling into the sea say assistance from Washington has dried up: ‘It feels like a complete abdication of responsibility on climate change’

The US government’s withdrawal from dealing with, or even acknowledging, climate change may have provoked widespread opprobrium, but for Alaskan communities at risk of toppling into the sea, the risks are rather more personal.

The Trump administration has moved to dismantle climate adaptation programs including the Denali Commission, an Anchorage-based agency that is crafting a plan to safeguard or relocate dozens of towns at risk from rising sea levels, storms and the winnowing away of sea ice.

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