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The Northern Climate Observer

This e-newsletter is distributed weekly by the Center for Climate and Health at Alaska Pacific University. The NCO is an up-to-date source for articles and observations about environmental change in the circumpolar north.

Juneau, Alaska, United States
Henry Leasia / Alaska Public Media / May 28, 2019

For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring means red eyes, mucus and fits of sneezing. This year, the Lynn Canal has seen a remarkable spruce pollen bloom.

Read article on Alaska Public Media



Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Sveriges Radio / Radio Sweden / May 24, 2019

Pia Östensson, a biologist and pollen expert at Stockholm's Natural History museum, explains why there is so much aspen fluff this year and why it is not related to recent wildfires.

Read article on Radio Sweden



Susitna, Alaska, United States
Devin Kelly / Anchorage Daily News / May 27, 2019

City park staff have set up barriers in hopes of encouraging passersby to stay far away. Potential fixes could include putting up a wall and relocating the bike path or road.

Read article on Anchorage Daily News



Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nick Eagland / Vancouver Sun / May 12, 2019

A pair of grey whales that found themselves beached Friday in Boundary Bay have begun to make their way out to deeper water.

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Kodiak, Alaska, United States
Annie Zak / Anchorage Daily News / May 23, 2019

The whale is located in an inaccessible place where scientists are unable to take a necropsy.

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Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Public Media / May 24, 2019

Researchers are trying to determine the cause of a gray whale die-off along the West Coast, including Alaska. And they're looking at whether recent warming trends in the Arctic, and reduced sea ice, has affected their prey.

Read article on Alaska Public Media



Seltjarnarnes, Capital Region, Iceland
Gréta Sigríður Einarsdóttir / Iceland Review / May 28, 2019

The exact species is not known. Part of the carcass has ballooned with gas, a common occurrence with beached whales.

Read article on Iceland Review



Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Madeline McGee / Anchorage Daily News / May 18, 2019

Lightning is unusual in a city that, according to the National Weather Service, sees fewer than two thunderstorms a year. It was the first time the power company had seen a lightning-related power outage in 15 years.

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