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The End of Ice: Stories from Greenland’s Northernmost Villages

Gretel Ehrlich
In Conversation With journalist Neal Conan
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Episode Summary

Greenland's ice sheet is now shedding ice so fast (five times faster than it did in the 1990s) that scientists have labeled Greenland's seasonal sea ice "a rotten ice regime." For 20 years, writer Gretel Ehrlich has traveled with Inuit hunters in Greenland, listening to their narratives and observing changes in their traditional hunting. This past spring, she went with some Inuit hunters to Paris with plans to speak at the climate talks, which were dashed when terrorists struck the city. In conversation with award-winning NPR journalist Neal Conan, Ehrlich reports on her experience in Greenland and Paris and discusses the challenge of climate change—how can we move from "it's too late…" to "there's much we can do"?

Participant(s) Bio

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of Facing the Wave, This Cold Heaven, The Future of Ice, and The Solace of Open Spaces, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She lives in Wyoming.

Over 36 years with National Public Radio, Neal Conan worked as a correspondent based in New York, Washington, and London, covering wars in the Middle East and Northern Ireland, Olympic Games in Lake Placid and Sarajevo and a presidential impeachment. He served, at various times, as editor, producer and executive producer of All Things Considered, as Pentagon Correspondent and, in an acting capacity, as NPR’s Foreign Editor, Managing Editor, and News Director. He may be best known as the long-time host of Talk of the Nation. Now a Mac nut farmer on the Big Island of Hawaii and a News Analyst for Hawaii Public Radio.