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Natives in the Arctic affected by climate change

Indigenous communities in the Arctic are experiencing major changes in their culture and way of life due to rising temperatures.

Summer now arrives early for the Inuit in Canada and Alaska. The melting ice has made it harder to hunt and travel. Animals and fish are weakening as the climate changes.

"The next generation coming up is not going to experience what we did," Hank Rogers tells The New York Times.. "We can't pass the traditions on as our ancestors passed on to us."

The Samis in the northernmost part of Norway say their reindeer are becoming unhappy. Warmer temperatures are making it harder for reindeer to get food, one herder said.

In Russia, a local Evenk tribal village is in danger of falling into the say due to erosion brought on by melting ice. "It is eating up the land," a fishing boat captain said. "You cannot do anything about it."

Get the Story:
Old Ways of Life Are Fading as the Arctic Thaws (The New York Times 10/20)

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