Changing Arctic: Land of Pickled Whale and $10 Milk

From NBC News, here. An excerpt:

BARROW, Alaska — America’s northernmost city, home to nearly 5,000 people above the Arctic Circle, is at the crossroads of change.

For generations, the native villagers have lived off the land, storing whale meat and blubber in underground ice cellars and sending children on their first hunts before they even hit their teens.

But a warmer climate threatens traditions in a community that retired Adm. Robert Papp, the U.S. envoy to the Arctic, calls “America’s refrigerator.”

“I don’t see the ice anymore,” Papp said during a summer visit — his sixth since a first attempt to get to the Arctic in 1976 was aborted because his ship couldn’t get through the ice.

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