In Arctic, climate-change threats include giardia, food poisoning

Posted by Trish Riley, March 3, 2011

Melting ice cellars that threaten to caused food poisoning as whale meat rots. The first recorded case of giardia, just as beavers show up for the first time. Algae blooms and melting river banks that contaminate water systems.

Climate change presents new risks for food care, sanitation and wellbeing in the Arctic, but little research has been done in remote villages experiencing some of the biggest temperature swings.

That’s beginning to change, thanks to a pair of reports that meld scientific data with local observations in the Northwest Alaska communities of Point Hope and Kivalina.


Recent Headlines