Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Sea-Defence-Barrier-in-Alaska-27MZIFVAZNLA.htmlConceptually similarCoastal Erosion in WainwrightGP04BG4Completed★★★★Coastal Erosion in WainwrightGP04BGJCompleted★★★★Coastal Erosion in WainwrightGP04BGXCompleted★★★★Sea Defence Barrier in AlaskaGP04BG1Completed★★★★Sea Defence Barrier in AlaskaGP04BGACompleted★★★★Sea Defence Barrier in AlaskaGP04BH1Completed★★★★Wainwright in AlaskaGP04BGMCompleted★★★★Wainwright in AlaskaGP04BGCCompleted★★★★Defence Early Warning Site in AlaskaGP04BFZCompleted★★★★View AllGP04BGBSea Defence Barrier in AlaskaThe current sea defence wall in Wainwright, Alaska, which only protects a few houses along the coastline and is not as good as the new one that is planned. Erosion is a big problem in Wainwright. The Chukchi Sea has since 1964 gnawed off 31 metres of the shoreline in some places. The Olgoonik corporation who own the lands around Wainwright are now planning to build a sea defence wall to protect the village from being washed out into the sea. "The seawall will protect prominent houses and millions of dollars of sewer system," says surveyor Gavin Eischens from the Ukpiageik Corperation. As the sea ice retreats, the coastline is losing its protective barrier. "The coastal villages are getting hammered from winter storms," adds Eischens. Other climate related factors causing the erosion are rising sea level and melting permafrost.Locations:Alaska-Arctic-Arctic Coastal Plain-Chukchi Sea-North America-United States of America-WainwrightDate:17 Oct, 2011Credit:© Rose Sjölander / 70°Maximum size:5522px X 3682pxRestrictions:Ok for Greenpeace use and for approved external Greenpeace campaign related use. Contact the photographer directly or Greenpeace UK (email@example.com) for any other external licensing or sales.Keywords:Beaches-Climate change-Climate change impacts-Coastal Plains-Coastlines-Day-Erosion-Flood defenses-Houses-Ice-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Permafrost melt-Save the Arctic (campaign title)-Sea level rise-Seas-Snow-WallsShoot:70° North - Arctic Documentation70° North is a multimedia project documenting the impact of climate change and resources exploration in the Arctic.Shell's plans to drill offshore in the Alaskan Arctic in 2012 has divided the native communities who now stand at a crossroads between continued benefits from industry generated revenues and protecting the marine environment they have depended on for thousands of years. Shell's proposed offshore drill site is in the path of the bowhead whale's migration route. Many Inupiat hunters are concerned about Shell's lack of spill response capabilities if licenses are granted to drill offshore in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seasGreenpeace is campaigning for a global sanctuary to be declared around the uninhabited area of the North Pole to save the Arctic from attempts by oil companies to exploit the region’s resources for short term profit.