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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. 
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Shrinking island in Louisiana forcing residents to move

NEW ORLEANS — The effects of global warming can be seen and touched in Louisiana, where officials have begun buying higher ground to relocate an entire town in a bayou being swallowed by higher seas.
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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 threatens to wash away couple’s history

Seventy years ago, on the day Wenceslaus and Denicia Billiot got married, their wedding party danced along a road that ran from one end of Isle de Jean Charles to the other.
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Left To Louisiana’s Tides, A Village Fights For Time

JEAN LAFITTE, LA. — From a Cessna flying 4,000 feet above Louisiana’s coast, what strikes you first is how much is already lost.
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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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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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