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We would like to thank all readers of the Northern Climate Observer over the past year. Our subscriber numbers have doubled, as has the LEO Network, with members in over 500 communities on six continents. We had a record number of observations in 2017; you can see a special selection of them here:

Again, thank you for your help in telling this most amazing and important of stories, the local impacts of climate change on our planet.

Kongiganak, Alaska, United States
Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK / Anchorage Daily News / December 19, 2017

In villages like Kongiganak, communities have stopped burying their dead because, as the permafrost melts, the oldest part of their cemetery is sinking.

Read article on Anchorage Daily News



Port Heiden, Alaska, United States
Avery Lill, KDLG - Dillingham / Anchorage Daily News / December 15, 2017

Port Heiden’s road to its harbor and old village site is crumbling into the sea and the lake on the other side of it will likely breach soon. “The road is basically gone. [Erosion]’s cut right half into the road,” said Scott Anderson, the Native Village of Port Heiden’s Tribal Environmental Director.

Read article on Anchorage Daily News



Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
CBC News / December 20, 2017

The number of vehicles reported to have gone through the ice around Yellowknife continues to rise. According to the N.W.T. Department of Environment, its spill response team has responded to three vehicles through the ice so far this year.

Read article on CBC News



Duxbury Beach, Massachusetts, United States
The Associated Press / CBC News / December 23, 2017

For researchers, this winter's mass migration of snowy owls from their breeding grounds above the Arctic Circle to the Great Lakes region is serious business.

Read article on CBC News



Port Clyde, Maine, United States
Mary Pols / New York Times / December 26, 2017

As the state’s shrimp fishery is closed for a fifth year, scientists blame climate change, shrimpers fret and locals mourn a beloved treat.

Read article on New York Times



Sölvesborg, Blekinge, Sweden
Sveriges Radio / Radio Sweden / December 15, 2017

Sweden’s shrinking southern shorelines need to be saved with sand, according to researchers from Lund University.

Read article on Radio Sweden



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