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By 2050, ships traveling through the Arctic’s Northwest Passage may not need an icebreaker to escort them for the journey. In Nome, residents are wondering whether a new port will help or hinder efforts to address a myriad of chronic social problems. Some are also concerned that an onslaught of industrial marine traffic may impact Indigenous people, who have thrived along the coastline here for generations. Emily Schwing brings us the first of four reports in her month-long special Arctic Shipping series from the Koahnic Climate Desk.
This ongoing series is made possible through a grant from the Climate Justice Resilience Fund.