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The Northern Climate Observer is a compilation of articles and observations about changing environment and climate, and the impacts on Northern communities. It is a LEO Network product, published weekly by the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Subsistence Stress In Northwest Alaska, changes in caribou range and harvest are resulting in a debate over the stressors, as well as who should have priority to hunt (see Noatak article). The importance of this discussion cannot be over-emphasized, especially in the context of circumpolar decline in caribou and reindeer populations. The article "The reindeer island that disappeared" is a case in point. Between 2012 to 2015, the number of reindeer on Kolguyev Island in Russia plummeted from 12,000 to less than 200. See also a story about a community trying to recover a lost resource and cultural tie - the beluga whales. Mike Brubaker, Editor


Bugrino, Russia
Atle Staalesen / The Independent Barents Observer / May 15, 2017

Following mass deaths of animals, the once powerful cooperative managing the reindeer flocks in the island of Kolguyev shuts down.

Read article on The Independent Barents Observer



Noatak, Alaska, United States
Steve Keller / Arctic Sounder / May 12, 2017

With fewer caribou in the area and the higher cost of fuel to travel upriver to find the animals, families and neighbors are finding themselves in a tough spot.

Read article on Arctic Sounder



North Pole, Alaska, United States
Sam Friedman / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / May 19, 2017

Alaska Department of Fish and Game seeks the public's help in determining the date that an exotic deer died near North Pole.

Read article on Fairbanks Daily News-Miner



Buckland, Alaska, United States
Steve Keller / Arctic Sounder / May 12, 2017

Technology has changed, communities have moved, people have grown older, and the beluga whales the Kanigmiut have relied on for generations have all but disappeared.

Read article on Arctic Sounder



Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Amy B. Wang / Washington Post / May 20, 2017

A lot of water went into the start of the tunnel and then it froze to ice, so it was like a glacier when you went in,” Statsbygg spokeswoman Hege Njaa Aschim told the Guardian of the water breach.

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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
The Canadian Press / CTVNews / May 14, 2017

A landslide has forced residents of 17 properties to flee their homes near Kelowna, B.C., as flooding continues to threaten the area.

Read article on CTVNews



Anchorage, Alaska, United States
LEO Network / May 6, 2017

I've only heard this animal in the spring/summer.

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