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The Northern Climate Observer

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.

The LEO Network is available in many Arctic languages. Today we are pleased to announce translation of the LEO platform into a northern First Nations language, Central Yu'pik! We welcome Yup'ik speaking members and look forward to hearing the posts from your communities. Stay tuned for the addition of more languages in the coming months.
Mike Brubaker, Editor


Kodiak, Alaska, United States
Kayla Desroches, KMXT - Kodiak / Alaska Public Media / August 24, 2018

Crayfish were first observed on Kodiak around 2015. Now, a local tribal organization is studying their movement, distribution and diet.

Read article on Alaska Public Media



Utqiaġvik, Alaska, United States
LEO Network / August 19, 2018

Unusual Stellar sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) sighting in Utqiaġvik.

Read post on the LEO Network



Reykjavík, Reykjavík, Iceland
JELENA ĆIRIĆ / Iceland Review / August 23, 2018

Nine whales have been stranded so far this year in East Iceland. Bottlenose whales and Curvier’s beaked whales are members of the family Ziphiidae and it’s often been said that they are more sensitive to noise pollution in the ocean.

Read article on Iceland Review



Isafjordur, Westfjords, Iceland
JÓHANN PÁLL ÁSTVALDSSON / Iceland Review / August 26, 2018

A lone hiker in East Iceland found a wandering walrus, and managed to snap some fantastic photos.

Read article on Iceland Review



Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Frank Radosevich / Eye on the Arctic / August 22, 2018

An unusually dry, hot summer means Sweden will see smaller yields of crops like wheat, barley and oats.

Read article on Eye on the Arctic



Kainuu, Finland
Yle Uutiset / August 27, 2018

Seija Paasonen has been tracking the patterns of the North American forest fires for several weeks now. She says that the smoke has traveled as far as Europe owing to wind patterns in the upper atmosphere.

Read article on Yle Uutiset



Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
CBC / August 28, 2018

The problem is that there just aren't many wild berries this year in southern Yukon. Bears are typically feasting on soap berries and cranberries this time of year, as they try to fatten up before winter.

Read article on CBC



Portland, Maine, United States
Gillian Graham / Press Herald / August 28, 2018

Temperatures in southern Maine topped 90 degrees Tuesday and are expected to do the same Wednesday, prompting school officials to dismiss students early and cancel sports practices, and sending people flocking to beaches.

Read article on Press Herald



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