For our Men’s Night our guest speaker was Arctic expert David Newland. He entertained us with an interesting and humorous talk, which included wonderful pictures of the Arctic. He, of course, mentioned the failed attempt of Sir John Franklin to find a Northwest Passage; this attempt perhaps would not have ended in disaster had Franklin followed the advice of the local people. The Inuit, Newland said, are good adapters having “gone from igloos to ipods in one generation.” More changes in the Arctic are coming; for example Newland estimates that by 2030 the North Pole will no longer be under ice.
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