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In Warmer World, Even Inuit Buy Air Conditioners

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Posted on Aug 8, 2006

We swear we’re not making this up: “Inuit in the village of Kuujjuaq in Quebec, Canada, are installing 10 air conditioners for about 25 office workers,” reports Reuters. “Our Arctic homes are made to be airtight for the cold and do not ‘breathe’ well in the heat with this warming trend,” said a campaigner for Inuit rights.


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With signs that the world is warming, even Inuit peoples of the far north are ordering air conditioning.

Better known for building igloos during hunts on the polar ice, Inuit in the village of Kuujjuaq in Quebec, Canada, are installing 10 air conditioners for about 25 office workers.

“These are the times when the far north has to have air conditioners now to function,” said Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a leading campaigner for the rights of 155,000 Inuit in Canada, Alaska, Russia and Greenland.

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