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Sasa Samson, 37, and PJ, 17, tie down their gear for a seal hunt to their sled in Resolute Bay, Canada on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Sasa, PJ, and others hunt seals for food, and their community uses every part of the seals, either eating the meat or using the hides to make warm clothes. The traditional way of life in the Resolute Bay Inuit community is being threatened by rising temperatures. The dangers of global warming, which have been extensively documented by scientists, are appearing first, with rapid, drastic effects, in the Arctic regions where Inuit people make their home. Inuit communities, such as those living on Resolute Bay, have witnessed a wide variety of changes in their environment. The ice is melting sooner, depleting the seal population and leaving them unable to hunt the animals for as long. Other changes include seeing species of birds and insects (such as cockroaches and mosquitoes) which they have never encountered before. The Inuit actually lack words in their local languages to describe the creatures they have begun to see.