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Gauging Climate Change Inside The Arctic Circle

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Some of the most clear evidence of climate change is being seen inside the Arctic Circle.

Sea ice has been much less extensive in recent years, impacting animals like the polar bear and the native cultures that coexist with the animals. 

The Gwich'in people are concerned in particular about protecting caribou, threatened by climate change and oil exploration.

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Young caribou near Wager Bay, Nunavut, Canada.

Southern Oregonian Dennis Specht recently spent time among the Gwich'in, he and Sarah James of the Gwich'in Steering Committee are working to convince members of Congress to act. 

Dennis visits The Exchange prior to a public presentation in Medford on Monday (8/25).   
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.