A Tale of Two Ocean Cities

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    This week on World Ocean Radio we tell a tale of two cities--Newtok, Alaska (pop. 380) and Jakarta, Indonesia (pop. 30 mil)--6,000 miles apart yet facing similar realities of turmoil and social uncertainty due to fresh water stress and the myriad disruptive consequences of climate change.

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About World Ocean Radio
World Ocean Radio is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects.

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Tony Weyiouanna, SeaGrant Alaska



Peter I think does a great job of describing these two worlds that have on big thing in common, and that is a real fear of land loss and damage to life in these two parallel cities. The cities both facing these tremendous realities really show the gap between these two ocean cities, and this is shown by the way these two areas deal with these situations. Newtok having to really live with these massive floodings and having to rebuild. While the city of Jakarta has the resources and power to build massive dikes and runway systems that can help prevent the damage that is certain to come.