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The Inuits of Shishmaref, Alaska, have a tiny carbon footprint as they still live a traditional subsistance hunter gatherer lifestyle. As such they are least responsible for climate change, but are being hugely affected by it. The problem is two fold. The animals that they depend on for survival are shifting range as the Arctic warms up rapidly, making them harder to hunt. On the tiny island of Shishmaref, ten of the Inuits houses have been washed into the sea and others have had to be moved back from the edge. In the past their island home was protected from the damage of winter storms by the sea ice. As the temperatures soar the sea ice is forming later and later in the year, leaving their island vulnerable to late fall and early winter storms.