Inuits, Colo. scientists tackle climate change in Canada

08/17/2011 | Denver Post, The

Inuits from Baffin Island in Canada hunt by crossing ice patches on dog sleds in search of game such as polar bears and caribou, but climate change is causing the ice to freeze later in the year and melt earlier in the spring. Colorado scientists, armed with $800,000 from the National Science Foundation, are researching the problem by installing weather monitoring stations. "Getting that food [from hunting] is super important, not just for nutrition but for cultural reasons," said Shari Gearheard, a geographer with the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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