Home

Climate change is frequently described in terms of sea level rise or shifting growing seasons. Climate change is also affecting what had been sustainable lifestyles that had adapted to their environment. One of the ways people lived in the arctic regions was by storing food in ice cellars, shafts dug into and through the permafrost what kept the food naturally cold. No electricity required. Now, however, with permafrost melting, land shifting, and ice turning to water, the cellars aren’t cold enough to safely store the meat, and sometimes are filling with water. The inability to store food for long times means more food must be flown in, equipment and fuel must be flow in, and more money flows out. Even if the sea rise doesn’t affect a village, a lack of food safety can threaten it.

(Click on the photo for the link.)

“These Ice Cellars Fed Arctic People For Generations” – National Geographic

Advertisements

One thought on “Alaska Needs Fridges

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s