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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.
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state chooses site near thibodaux to relocate isle de jean charles climate refugees

After nearly two years of deliberations, the state has entered negotiations to purchase a 515-acre sugar cane farm near Thibodaux where officials hope to resettle the residents of Isle de Jean Charles, an island in south Terrebonne Parish that is quickly sinking under rising seas.
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here's where residents of sinking isle de jean charles will relocate

A sugar farm outside Houma has been selected as the new home for the dozens of people remaining on Isle de Jean Charles, an island rapidly sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. An experimental program aimed at transplating the small, mostly Native American community to safer ground has zeroed in on a 515-acre farm about 40 miles north of the island in rural Terrebonne Parish. 
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beyond the beltway: louisiana isle home to the first us climate refugees

The world's second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases is expected to walk away from the Paris Climate Accord. How will U.S. President Trump's decision affect the world and the people in his own country? 
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those who remain on this island in louisiana's bayou are barely clinging to what's left

Since the middle of the last century more than 90 percent of Isle de Jean Charles has dissolved into the southern Louisiana bayou. The state predicts sea level rise and rampant coastal erosion will make the island unlivable in the coming years. 
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for 'climate relocation,' the dollar math is hardly settled

ISLE de JEAN CHARLES, La. – The Gulf of Mexico has been closing in on Rita Falgout's native soil for all of her 81 years. Now the island that has been her home is just a thin spit of land – the last 320 of what was once 22,000 acres being chewed away by the surrounding waters. 
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saving coastal communities requires a community-based approach

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma exposed how vulnerable our communities are to extreme climate events. With the two storms destroying thousands of houses and causing well over $200 billion worth of losses, questions have been raised, particularly about how we don't seem to be doing enough to move homes out of harm's way.
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exploring higher ground: honoring tribal tradition in louisiana's climate resettlement plan

In anticipation of the Tribe's iminent resettlement from their ancestral land along the coast of Louisiana, in January 2017 the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe gathered for a pivotal community workshop, with support from the Citizen's Institute on Rural Design.
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CSRS to design new community for first U.S. 'climate refugees'

State officials have selected Baton Rouge-based CSRS Inc. to design a new community for residents of Isle de Jean Charles, who last year became the first "climate refugees" in the U.S.
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Tactical retreat? As seas rise, Louisiana faces hard choices

Growing up in the small bayou town of Pointe-Aux-Chenes, Reggie Dupre has always considered the residents of the neighboring Isle de Jean Charles community as something like a step-family. with only about 10 miles of bayou separating them in Terrebonne Parish, he would go to the same churches and schools as them. They even shared a voting precinct. 
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