The changing Arctic landscape is making it harder for the US government to count Native populations in Alaska for the 2020 census.
NPR reports, rising temperatures in Alaska, which is warming twice as fast as the Lower 48 states, is transforming the landscape in remote areas. These changes are making it harder for census workers to travel between villages and driving people out of their homes earlier in the season.
In 2010, the government estimates that it undercounted Native populations by nearly 5 percent – the highest percentage of any ethnic group.
“I’m just worried that there may be lack of funding to fix all kinds of erosion occurring in many villages,” Tribal Administrator Robert Pitka told NPR.