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Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui

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United States to pay $75m for tribes facing Climate Threat

US President Joe Biden's administration will help fund the move of three tribal communities facing urgent threats from climate change. The three tribes will receive $75m (£62m) divided equally between them, Mr Biden announced on Wednesday. All are located along coastal areas and rivers in the states of Alaska and Washington. The money will fund the move of key buildings and residential homes to higher ground, away from rising waters. Mr Biden made the funding announcement at the White House during the Interior Department's Tribal Nations Summit. In his remarks, he said the tribes receiving funding are "at risk of being washed away". The money will help "move, in some cases, their entire communities back to safer ground". Those receiving the funding are Newtok Village and the Native Village of Napakiak in southwest Alaska, and the Quinault Indian Nation, located on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. All three communities have either suffered land erosion or are at a growing risk of flooding. The Quinault nation said it will use the money to build a community centre, which will also serve as an emergency evacuation centre in case of natural disasters. The funds will help cover a quarter of the overall relocation project, they said. In a press release, US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said: "Indigenous communities are facing unique and intensifying climate-related challenges that pose an existential threat to Tribal economies, infrastructure, lives and livelihoods." Eight more tribes will also receive at least $5m each to plan for relocation. In total, the US Interior Department will spend $135m to relocate the communities, which also include some communities in the states of Maine, Louisiana and Arizona. The financial support is a move by the US government to help communities adapt to climate change by allowing them to relocate to safer ground, rather than paying for rebuilding efforts in case of damage suffered by climate change. A similar relocation fund of $48m - the first of its kind in the US - was given out by the Obama administration in 2016 to the coastal village of Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana, which lost the majority of its land to the Gulf of Mexico. Residents, however, only began the relocation process this year after some disagreement on where they should move. Life on a Louisiana island slowly disappearing into the sea

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  • Josh

    18 w

    Well appreciated.

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    • Timothy Ndegwa

      22 w

      Nice move by Biden but there is more to be done

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      • Sarah Chabane

        24 w

        That's the least they can do!

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        • Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui

          24 w

          @sarah_chabane Yes but it's a step in the right direction.

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        • Tabitha Kimani

          24 w

          This addresses the loss and damage aspect but of utmost important is dealing with the caused of accelerated climate change i.e. Fossil fuels.

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          • Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui

            24 w

            👌🏾

          • Daryl Cleary

            24 w

            If you teach people to build nonpollution Energy they will become proud, self sustaining planet saving people

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            • Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui

              24 w

              @daryl_cleary Very True.

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            • Edwin wangombe

              24 w

              Kudos to @JoeBiden for this important action he has taken

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              • Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui

                24 w

                Yeap.

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