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The stories of Isle de Jean Charles and the National Disaster Resilience Competition have been covered by media, professionals and academics alike.
The links below represent many viewpoints, aggregated here for reference purposes only. The Louisiana Office of Community Development makes no claim as to the veracity or accuracy of any views contained herein.

'Climate refugees': Gulf Coast isle becomes test case with push to relocate residents


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forced to move: climate change already displacing u.s. communities

The role of climate change in human displacement and migration is being cited by experts as the number one global threat of the 21st century. 
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america's first climate change refugees are preparing to leave an island that will disappear under the sea in the next few years

ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, Louisiana -- America comes to an end here. Connected to the marshes and moss-laced bayous of southern Louisiana by two miles of narrow causeway, waters lapping high on eah side, Isle de Jean charles takes you as far into the Gulf of Mexico as you can go without falling in. But the dolour in the salt air is not just about loneliness and separation. It's about impending doom.
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the perils of climate migration: a cautionary tale from louisiana

Once a sprawling island, Isle de Jean Charles today is a mere sliver of what it used to be, more than 98 percent of its land has been swept into the Gulf of Mexico over the past 60 years by an increase in severe storms and rising seas. It's why the tiny community was awarded the first-of-its-kind $48.3 million federal grant in 2016 to resettle further inland.
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State is buying Isle de Jean Charles relocation site for $11.7 million


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on the louisiana coast, a native community sinks slowly into the sea

The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians of southern Louisiana have been called America's first climate refugees. But two years after receiving federal funding to move to higher ground, the tribe is stuck in limbo, waiting for new homes as the water inches closer to their doors.
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climate change is forcing the government to relocate this entire louisiana town

The only land route that connects isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana to the rest of the continental United States is Island Road, a thin, four-mile stretch of pavement that lies inches above sea level and immediately drops off into open water on either side. Even on a calm day, salt water laps over the road's tenuous boundaries and splashes the concrete.
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Sense of Urgency Surrounds Isle de Jean Charles Relocation

As negotiations take place for a relocation site for residents and former residents of Isle de Jean Charles, there's concern about this year's hurricane season. 
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our opinion: resettlement has consequences beyond local island

Residents of Isle de Jean Charles are closer to getting a new home to escape the flooding, hurricanes and rising seas that have eroded the island over the years. The state and the Biloxi-Chitimatcha-Choctaw Indian tribe are nearing the purchase of land in Schriever that will allow them to build a neighborhood there. 
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