31 Aug '15, 9pm

Obama's Arctic trip will reveal some cold, hard truths about the oil industry's impact on Alaskans

Obama's Arctic trip will reveal some cold, hard truths about the oil industry's impact on Alaskans

Photo: just_a_cheeseburger/Flickr Sea ice melting in the Kotzebue Sound, part of the Chukchi Sea A few months before his death in 2011, Yup'ik elder Caleb Pungowiyi sat over a cup of coffee in a Kotzebue diner and talked with me about what was going on in the Alaskan Arctic. At the time, I had been reporting on how climate change was unraveling some of our northernmost food webs . “Some events like this happen occasionally,” he said, referring to the unusual warm rain falling outside. It was November 2010, a time when the ice normally firms up and hunters ride snowmobiles across the Chukchi Sea. Instead, a week of rainy and 35-degree weather was turning the ice to slush. “But for something to happen that’s this warm, in November, for a number of days—these kinds of temperatures are not normal,” Pungowiyi continued. “We should be down in the teens and minus temperatures thi...

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