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Mush ado about climate change at Iditarod

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Mush ado about climate change at Iditarod

The annual race took off on Saturday in near-record temperatures, which have forced adjustments in the past

Yereth Rosen

Every year since 1973, Alaska has celebrated the virtues of perseverance and fortitude by hosting the Iditarod, a 1,610km dogsled race across the state’s frozen wilderness that pushes its participants to the limits of endurance.

But Alaska is much less frozen than it was 50 years ago. It has warmed at more than twice the global rate, altering the Anchorage-to-Nome race, along with nearly every aspect of life in the far north.

“Alaska is a bit of a poster child for global warming,” said Rob Urbach, CEO of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, which held its traditional ceremonial start in Alaska’s largest city on Saturday...

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