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Greenland capitalises on climate change

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>> This is ground zero for climate change. Greenland, where rising temperatures saw a record early melt on its vast ice sheet in April this year. The country's environment minister says the North Atlantic island is in the midst of new thinking, seeking to capitalize on the melting ice caps.
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Reuters Alice Tadoyle is back from a reporting trip there.>> One official put it to me that you'd have to have seen a shrink five years ago if you'd suggested catching mackerel of the east coast of Greenland. Now there are tens of thousands of tons of mackerel coming up from waters further south.
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There are plants growing that haven't grown there since Viking days. People planting potatoes in greenhouses, people are growing tomatoes, trees are growing. And one man who managed grow a few Christmas trees unheard of for Greenland.>> Hydroplants too are boozing with the extra water and it's hoped that opening water ways will boost tourism.
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Giving cruise ships easier passage. Good news for the giant islands 56,000 inhabitants. The thaw though has alarming consequences further north.>> There is this huge problem in the north of indigenous hunters who rely on ice, who are finding that their livelihoods are at risk. They can't take out their sled dogs any longer.
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>> In the long term, the melting ice sheet is even more worrying. If it disappears over many centuries, it would raise world sea levels by some six meters.