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Tangier Island: Among the First U.S. Climate Refugees?

The small island of Tangier sits 12 miles off the coast of Virginia. It’s a peaceful, salt-of-the-earth kind of place, with only 600 full-time residents, most of whom have known their neighbors—commercial crabbers, watermen, schoolteachers, parishioners—for generations. Shortly, however, that may all come to an end.

As soon as 25 years from now, Tangier is expected to disappear into the sea. The people who live there, along with the residents of similar coastal towns and islands threatened by sea-level rise, may become among the first U.S. climate refugees.

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“Tangier” is directed by Jeff Leeds Cohn. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.

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