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The Feds are spending $48 million to move his village. But he doesn't want to go.

The plans are grand -- a brand new community with homes, baseball fields, fishing ponds, a meeting hall and a solar farm to generate electricity to sell.
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State closes purchase of land for Isle de Jean Charles climate refugees

The state has closed on the $11.7 million purchase of a 515-acre tract of land near Thibodaux that will be the new home of the current residents of Isle de Jean Charles, whose narrow strip of land is under threat from the rising Gulf of Mexico.
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Confronting the Costs of Coastal Land Loss

The Louisiana coast is disappearing, acres of land eroding away every day. It’s a well known fact, which for years has prompted commissions, studies and development of new infrastructure to rechannel Mississippi River sediment back into the wetlands where it is needed.
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Don't Label Them Climate Change Refugees, Says a Louisiana Planner, They're Pioneers

In Louisiana, real estate is a commodity. According to the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, more than 1,900 square miles have been lost since the 1930s, and an additional 4,120 square miles could be lost over the next 50 years. 
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Prospects Are Looking Up for This Gulf Coast Tribe Relocating to Higher Ground

As Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles slips away, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe plans community renewal and a museum for their new home. 
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'Climate refugees': Gulf Coast isle becomes test case with push to relocate residents

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Louisiana's Managed Retreat: Isle de Jean Charles

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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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Louisiana 'islanders' find a new home beyond the water

Standing in the long grass on the land where he was born, with the sea now lapping just meters away, Chief Albert Naquin remembers Isle de Jean Charles as a wonderful place to grow up.
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