NASA is seeing if it can uncover native wisdom about the problem of global warming.
Representatives of 550 American Indian tribes began meeting in Albuquerque on Thursday at a NASA-sponsored Native Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change conference to explore the implications of global warming on native people and their lands. The conference continues through Sunday.
"Voices from Native America promise to bring fresh perspectives to the body of scientific evidence that suggests humans are disrupting the balance of the world's climate," said Verna Teller, a former Isleta Pueblo governor who is project director for the conference.
Scientists believe even a few degrees rise in the average global temperature could have catastrophic effects on coastal cities, economic systems, agriculture and river systems in the next few decades.
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