People & Population

"Alaska's Inuit Link Steady Food Supply to Environment Health"

"Alaska Inuit hunter John Goodwin for decades has hunted oogruk, the bearded seal, a marine mammal prized for its meat, oil and hide.

The largest of Alaska's ice seals uses sea ice to rest and birth pups, and after the long winter, when ice breaks into floes, there's a window of opportunity for Goodwin to leave his home in Kotzebue and motor his boat between ice panels, shoot seals and butcher them before they migrate north through the Bering Strait.

Source: AP, 12/29/2015

"The Lost World of the Old Ones"

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"The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest"

By David Roberts
W.W. Norton & Company, $27.95

Reviewed by KAREN SCHAEFER

On a warm May morning in 2005, three explorers traversing a dusty, trackless canyon on a ranch in southern Utah caught sight of a squat stone building, high on the wall of a thousand-foot sandstone cliff, tucked under an overhanging lip of sheer rock.

She’s Braved Rough Seas, Space Walks -- and Now Climate Change Deniers

"Kathryn Sullivan has helped U.S. Navy sailors navigate — literally — through rough seas as an oceanographer in the Navy Reserves. As a NASA astronaut, she’s walked in space, the first American woman to step outside a spacecraft, 140 miles above Earth. These challenges are a world apart from what she’s now confronting in Washington as she leads an agency of federal scientists in the crosshairs of a powerful member of Congress."

Source: Wash Post, 12/15/2015

Climate Refugees: "The Marshall Islands Are Disappearing"

"EBEYE, Marshall Islands — Linber Anej waded out in low tide to haul concrete chunks and metal scraps to shore and rebuild the makeshift sea wall in front of his home. The temporary barrier is no match for the rising seas that regularly flood the shacks and muddy streets with saltwater and raw sewage, but every day except Sunday, Mr. Anej joins a group of men and boys to haul the flotsam back into place."

Source: NY Times, 12/02/2015

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