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From the wilds of Alaska...

Sequin | 10:43 UK time, Tuesday, 14 October 2008

comes a puppy with snow on its nose...


He's padding around the tiny Alaskan village of Newtok, from where we'll have a report on the programme this evening. tomorrow - it's been postponed, sorry about that.


As the map above shows, Newtok (marked by the "A") is a rather remote community, populated by around 400 hardy souls of Yupik aboriginal people.

The village sits on the Ninglick river, but relentless flooding and erosion is forcing them to consider moving lock, stock and puppy to a new townsite several miles away. It won't be the first move for some: back in the 1950s, residents moved to their present location from an area also beset by flooding.


Stanley Tom is Newtok's administrator, and one of driving forces behind the planned relocation. He'll tell PM that the worsening erosion leaves his people with no choice but to move.

This map shows how the creeping erosion caused by the Ninglick threatens Newtok within the decade:


You can read more about Newtok's battle to relocate by clicking here.


  • 1. At 11:54am on 14 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    I've heard the Alaskan pitbulls wear lipstick ...

    but this may be one report from Alaska that's worth hearing. And I'm glad the puppy only wears snow.

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  • 2. At 12:05pm on 14 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Does Mrs Palin know about this?

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  • 3. At 1:23pm on 14 Oct 2008, thenicecatlady wrote:

    Is the puppy the new republican candidate for v.p.?

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  • 4. At 2:28pm on 14 Oct 2008, RJMolesworth wrote:

    It is always good to see proactive government. I am sure there are many people in East Anglia who wish that they had the Alaskan State Government looking after their interests rather than the British Government who, instead, has abandoned them and to their fate without any assistance or compensation.

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  • 5. At 4:25pm on 14 Oct 2008, ValeryP wrote:

    I want that puppy!

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  • 6. At 4:53pm on 14 Oct 2008, MarcusAureliusII wrote:

    Perhaps this time they should plan more carefully and seek higher ground a little further inland. It could have been worse, it could have been Anchorage that was eroding. That would cost us another few hundred billion to fix. To paraphrase Senator Dirkson in the sixties, a few trillion here, a few trillion there, before you know it, it adds up to real money. I'll bet it will be a long time before global warming puts the top of Mount Mckinley under water.

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  • 7. At 7:11pm on 14 Oct 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    Val (5) After having that snow on his nose, he may have a chill, so he's likely to be a little Husky.

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