All across the Arctic, frozen soil is thawing out. A lot of stuff is buried there—plants and animals that lived more than 10,000 years ago. What happens when a Paleolithic bison bone starts to decompose for the first time?
When a major storm hit Shishmaref, Alaska, in 2005, the town became a poster child for climate change in the Arctic. But the story here starts way before that storm.
In Shishmaref, Alaska, no one’s asking if climate change is real. What they want to know is how bad it has to get before the world decides to act.