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Washington Post reports on human impact of Alaska climate change (+video)

Alaska Dispatch
Jill Burke photo

On Monday, The Washington Post released a piece on climate change and its effects on rural Alaska life. The article and accompanying video (below), chronicle recent warming observed in Alaska's Arctic and how local people see it interfering with traditional ways.

The reporter traveled to Kotzebue and Point Hope and spoke to residents worried and uncertain about what the future holds for their people.

The report begins:

Fermented whale’s tail doesn’t taste the same when the ice cellars flood.

Whaling crews in this Arctic coast village store six feet of tail — skin, blubber and bone — underground from spring until fall. The tail freezes slowly while fermenting and taking on the flavor of the earth.

Paying homage to their connection to the frozen sea, villagers eat the delicacy to celebrate the moment when the Arctic’s ice touches shore.

Included in the Washington Post article is a photo gallery of striking images from the area. To explore the Washington Post's full media package, click here, and watch the video below.