Sarah’s tale of Arctic warming

Observations from one remote village as its climate changes

By Janet Raloff, 22:09 PM October 20, 2011

MIAMI — Sarah James remembers playing outdoors as a child even in the dead of winter. It often hit -70 degrees Fahrenheit, although not for prolonged periods. But she and the other kids, tired of being house-bound, just bundled up in snow suits and boots made from caribou skins. Even such frigid temps never put life — or play — on hold, recalls this 67-year-old resident of Arctic Village, Alaska.

Today, winter cold snaps seldom dip below -40 degrees, she says. And snows, that used to begin...

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