| || The ice floe in the Arctic is breaking up and melting into round blocks. This is a sign that spring has arrived in Nunavut, which means "our land" in Inuit. Whales and other marine animals can then make their way through the blocks of ice. This combination of land, islands, water, and oceanic ice has protected Inuit civilisation for about 5 000 years, on a surface area of 2 million km2. This is 4 times the surface area of France. Even though the Inuit's have gotten used to reading the ice - they have more than 30 words to refer to "white" - Inuit hunters are now facing the accelerated effects of global warming on their territory. They can no longer travel across the ice floe safely without checking satellite technology information. Today, the Arctic's ice is 40% thinner than in 1960 and temperatures have risen by over 2°C. "The Earth is literally changing beneath our feet" claimed a member of the ICC (Inuit Circumpolar Conference) in 2003.
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