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Arctic Assessment Report Released

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(November 8, 2004 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) 1st Vice-President James Eetoolook endorsed the significant findings of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment released today in Iceland by the Arctic Council.

Compiled by a team of 300 international scientists and Aboriginal experts over a period of four years, the Assessment contains dire environmental predictions for the Arctic, all of which are directly related to global warming and the increase in ultraviolet radiation across the Arctic.

For many years now, our Elders have shared with us their Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in the area of climate change. Our Elders have first-hand knowledge of the land and waters that surround our communities and they are witnessing the impacts on our environment because of global warming. It is good to see at last that science is acknowledging these changes in a public way, said Eetoolook.