Shishmaref has been under the watch of environmentalists for over a decade, one of three island villages the Anchorage Daily News recently called a "canary in the mine of global warming." In a worst-case scenario of global environmental change, Shishmaref shows what could happen to any populated island such as Manhattan if changing seas continue to eat away our shorelines.
Global warming may spell doom for New York of the future
If Shishmaref vanishes in 2015, other islands near the Arctic Circle may be quick to follow. Kostigen is quick to remind his doubters that every foot of sea level rise in an ice-melt-filled ocean means 100 feet of shoreline erosion, enough to obliterate lower Manhattan.
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