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Climate Change and Tribes: Exploring Current Impacts and Future Predictions for America’s First People

National Health Board
Year Published
National Indian Health Board (NHIB), IPCC

Imagine a world where one Arctic summer per decade is too warm to support the sea ice that helps maintain our global ecosystem and environment, directly impacting the people and animals of these far north communities. A world where coral reefs, once bustling with the rich diversity of sea life, have all but completely disappeared from the oceans. A world where mass global migration from tropical areas leads to a drastic population increases in cooler parts of the world. A new report , released in October 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), predicts that this barren world will be reality if global temperatures continue rising by just 2°C (3.6°F), compared to temperatures from pre-industrial times.