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Episode 55: Life Without Ice – The New Norm?

By KTVA Alaska 6:26 PM May 15, 2016

This week on Frontiers, we look at what climate change researchers say could be a tipping point in Alaska weather — one of the warmest winters in at least a century. They also say we could be on our way to a record year of temperatures, well above the historic norm.

Some of the highlights of this week’s show:

  • A visit to the Bering Sea community of Unalakleet, where the lack of snow and sea ice has interfered with seal and caribou hunting. KTVA photojournalist John Thain goes out a seal hunt with tribal president Jacob Ivanoff.
  • We also take you to the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where experts on climate change explain why we’ve seen such rapid warming this winter and spring.
  • Our guests this week are Michael Brubaker, Director of Community Environment and Safety, with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Larry Merculieff, president of the Global Center for Indigenous Leaders and Lifeways. They give an overview of statewide impacts of warmer weather.

Rhonda McBride can be reached via email. Follow her on Facebook

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