Alaska school in race with climate change for new building

    "sunrise on the road to Napakiak" by Andrea Pokrzywinski is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A southwest Alaska school in danger of being lost to erosion is at the top of the state’s list for the construction of a new school building.

    The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development put the K-12 Napakiak school at the top of its priority list for replacement for the upcoming budget year.

    KYUK reports the school is just 64 feet from the Kuskokwim River and that the river is getting closer to the building every year.

    Climate change is a contributing factor in the erosion.

    It’s a dilemma happening in numerous Alaska communities affected by a warming climate that is thawing permafrost and compromising river banks.

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