As the ice thins and melts, new areas are opening on both land and sea.

In some places what were once brutally harsh weather, conditions are now not as bad. Gas and oil companies are moving in pitting many indigenous communities against their neighbors.

CCTV America’s Sean Callebs reports from Point Hope, a community on the front lines of climate change. It’s all part of our series “On Thin Ice.”

Gunnar Knapp on the oil and gas industry in the Arctic

CCTV America interviewed Gunnar Knapp, director and professor of Economics at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage.