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May 3, 2008 -- Kivalina, AK, U.S.A..Luke Koonook III and nine year-old Justin Cooper Swan stalk a seal at its breathing hole on the pack ice, some two miles from shore and 12 miles from the native village of Kivalina, Alaska. Kivalina is suing 20 oil companies for property damage related to global warming; the ocean pack ice forms later and melts earlier, leaving the town vulnerable to erosive winter storms and endangering their traditional subsistence lifestyle. (Photo by Tim Matsui) Kivalina, Alaska. Climate change is melting sea ice early and forming it late, leaving this 400 person Inupiat Eskimo village susceptible to coastal erosion by winter storms. Also at stake is the cultural heritage of this native population which survives on subsistence hunting developed over generations.
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