Monday, November 25, 2019

Alaska’s ice cellars melting due to climate change after being used to store food for generations

Andy Gregory, Rachel D'Oro
,The Independent•November 25, 2019

After generations of storing their food in handmade cellars dug deep into the permafrost, growing numbers in Alaska’s far-north now find their cellars filling up with water and blood.

Dozens of the naturally refrigerated food shelters exist underneath the region’s mainly Inupiat whaling villages, where many rely on hunting and fishing to eat.

But now climate change and other modern factors are forcing changes to an ancient way of life, rendering traditional storage methods dangerously unreliable.


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