This article discusses the second-lowest winter sea ice problems that has isolated Bering Sea native communities and put coastal residents at the mercy of storms and waves.
It wasn’t long ago that planes would land on the ice surrounding Little Diomede Island, in the middle of the Bering Sea off Alaska.
This year, gigantic waves were crashing on its shores in the middle of winter.
“Now, the ice conditions are so unfavorable—or there’s no ice at all—they can’t land a plane out there,” said Brandon Ahmasuk, the subsistence director for Kawerak, a regional nonprofit that assists Bering Strait communities. That means the 80 to 100 people who live on the island can be isolated for long stretches during winter’s cold, dark months.