Inuit order air conditioners as temperatures soar

News in Brief

The Inuit are used to cooler climes

The Inuit are used to cooler climes

An Inuit community in Canada's far north is installing air conditioners after an exceptionally hot summer.

July temperatures reached 31 C in the village of Kuuihuaq in northern Quebec, home to some 2000 Inuit. The effects of the heatwave were made worse by the airtight character of Inuit houses, designed for the extreme winter cold, prompting the villagers to order 10 air conditioners for an office building.

"These are the times when the far north has to have air conditioners now to function," Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a campaigner for the rights of the Inuit peoples in Canada, Alaska, Russia and Greenland, told Reuters.

Goska Romanowicz



Waste & resource management
Click a keyword to see more stories on that topic, view related news, or find more related items.


You need to be logged in to make a comment. Don't have an account? Set one up right now in seconds!

© Faversham House Group Ltd 2006. edie news articles may be copied or forwarded for individual use only. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.