Introduction: climate change and indigenous peoples of the USA
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This special issue of Climatic Change, dedicated to the examination of impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples and their homelands, and proposed strategies of adaptation, constitutes a compelling and timely report on what is happening in Native homelands and communities. Indigenous peoples and marginalized populations are particularly exposed and sensitive to climate change impacts due to their resource-based livelihoods and the location of their homes in vulnerable environments. While these articles focus on indigenous peoples found within the borders of the USA, J. Maldonado et al. point out in their contribution, “The Impact of Climate Change on Tribal Communities in the U.S.: Displacement, Relocation, and Human Rights,” that indigenous communities around the world face similar issues and will likely find the contributions here valuable.
These articles confirm what those of us who have been paying attention to our homelands already know: the world we live in is changing, not...