As shrubs take over Labrador’s tundra, the effects of climate change stretch beyond the ice

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Inuit elders first flagged the explosion of green across what was formerly rocky tundra in the region During Derrick Pottle’s lifetime spent on the land of northern Labrador, there have always been insects around. But those bugs have been nothing compared to what he’s seen in recent summers, when the air has been thick with black flies and mosquitoes, he says. “My goodness, you try to go outdoors and you try to carry on activity outside — recreation or projects or whatever you’re doing — and you’re just totally swarmed with bugs,” said Pottle, a hunter in Rigolet, which is the southernmost Inuit in Nunatsiavut, Labrador’s Inuit territory.

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