Climate change is not debatable for many communities. Rising seas are already threatening coastal towns in Alaska and Louisiana. Federal funds have been available for post-disaster relief; but moving people during slow, inexorable disasters was left to the residents, until now. The US government has allocated $400M to relocate villages in Alaska. The scope of the problem, however, is such that $400M is not enough. The relocation of one village of 400 people will cost $100M, $250,000 per person. Climate change, therefore, is already having a direct effect on American economics – an issue which will expand as larger cities reach the same level of threat.
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