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Randy A. Peppler

wild animals is unusually heavy; if the bark of the tree is thicker, and if the squaw-corn [field corn] is heavily covered with shell.” The response writer indicated (on 23 October) “we have had a little snow already, in some places as much as 6 inches, but we are looking forward to our Indian Summer which should soon make its appearance.” The Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council in Scottsdale, Arizona, related that the Arizona Republic had recently published a report indicating a “brilliantly

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Susan A. Crate

in the adjacent Krasnoyarsk Krai to its meeting with the Lena River. This water system is fed by numerous other rivers and streams that run by the intensive spring thaws and torrential summer rains. Although surface waters are limited compared to temperate systems, the area stays saturated because of the low evaporation rates of the sub-Arctic climate, its short summers, and long periods of continuous ice cover on water bodies. In the Soviet era, inhabitants of the former Soviet Union, either

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Randy A. Peppler

, “The winter months—I remember snow this deep (gesture) but now you’re lucky to get an inch. Or even if it snows at all. You used to depend on that, and the sleet, the snow. But it’s no more.” He also mentioned rain patterns: “Even the rain patterns have changed—they used to say April rain brings May flowers or something like that—but even that has changed. We don’t even know anymore—the weather patterns have changed.” He also quipped about El Niño, “Who ever heard of that 20 years ago?” Larry, an

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Chie Sakakibara

are also concerned about the actual and potential impact of climate change on their cultural, spiritual, and economic health. The Pachauri and Reisinger (2007) asserted that impacts on ice, snow, and glaciers would be significant, which would result in a tremendous impact upon the people’s subsistence. Updates to these reports suggest that changes are occurring faster than anticipated: in 2007, Arctic sea ice reached a record low ( NASA Earth Observatory 2007 ), and in 2008 both the northeast

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Laurie Yung, Nicky Phear, Alayna DuPont, Jess Montag, and Daniel Murphy

, future drought planning, local collective action, resources required to adapt, government programs, causes of drought, and anthropogenic climate change. An interview guide ensured comparability between interviews ( Patterson and Williams 2002 ), but participants also had opportunities to bring up topics and ideas that were not covered in the interview guide. While we did not directly measure behaviors, ranchers talked extensively about adaptive practices during interviews, providing details about a

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