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Baked Alaska

'The weather really changed', says Eleanor Sam, plucking feathers from a goose. 'When we were children we wore thick fur. We don't wear clothes like that any more...'

Temperatures in Alaska are rising ten times faster than in the rest of the world. President George W. Bush is ignoring the warning signs about global warming; after pulling out of the Kyoto convention, he now wants to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Native Alaskans are divided: the Inupiat Eskimos want the jobs and the money that drilling would bring, but the Gwich'in Indians fear it will destroy their caribou. Alaska is rich in oil - but for every barrel shipped south, damage is done to the delicate balance of Arctic life.

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