Greenland adapts to climate change

Published 6:38 PM ET, Tue August 20, 2013
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As scientists study receding ice in Greenland, many residents simply do what they've always done: adapt. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
"We're used to change,'' said Greenlander Pilu Neilsen. "We learn to adapt to whatever comes. If all the glaciers melt, we'll just get more land." Nielsen and his brother Kunuk, piloting the boat, try to capture a goat that became stuck at the bottom of a cliff near the water on the family's farm on July 30 in Qaqortoq. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Arnaq Egede works among the plants in her family's potato farm on July 31 in Qaqortoq. The farm, the largest in Greenland, has seen an extended crop-growing season because of climate change. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A boat navigates among calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glacier on July 31 near Qaqortoq. Boats are a crucial mode of transportation in a country that has few roads. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Calved icebergs from the Twin Glacier float July 30 near Qaqortoq. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Trout caught in a stream July 30 in Qaqortoq. Even though this summer has not been as warm as last year, the warmer weather has extended the growing season. Joe Raedle/Getty Images