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Town Crier - Each week we share in this publication, events that are signals of change in the Circumpolar North. To collect these we rely on local observers and news reporters who share stories of change in their communities. And we read a lot of newspapers. Unfortunately many newspapers are in trouble. According to the Hussman School of Journalism, more than one in five has closed in the past 15 years, leaving thousands of communities as "news deserts". Today, one of our local papers joins the list, the last edition of the Homer Tribune in Homer Alaska. When papers close, it is not only a loss of news capacity, but often a loss of the electronic content. Our software architect Mike Brook, brought this to our attention when we noticed news links that were going dead. The fix - collect an image of every news article put into the system. We hope preserving these records will help our readers understand the broader footprint and implications of a changing climate. While we look for ways to support local papers, we will preserve the important contributions newspapers have made on this most important story of our era. Mike Brubaker, Editor

Haines, Alaska, United States
Jenna Kunze / Chilkat Valley News / November 27, 2019

It was out of habit that Rachel Kukull carried foraging tools while hiking through Chilkat State Park. The custom paid off when she spotted on the forest floor a flash of gold that made her scream. Chanterelles in November!

Read article on Chilkat Valley News



Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarskiy, Russia
Siberia Times / November 27, 2019

The tree line is moving up mountains at a rate of half a meter a year, say researchers from Krasnoyarsk Science Centre, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Read article on Siberia Times



Reykjavík, Capital Region, Iceland
Ragnar Tómas / Iceland Review / November 29, 2019

Since yesterday evening, over two dozen people have visited the emergency room at the National University Hospital of Iceland owing to icy conditions in the Greater Reykjavík area.

Read article on Iceland Review



Iceland
Iceland Review / December 5, 2019

December heat records were broken or equalled by at least 53 remote weather-monitoring stations and three manned stations in the first days of the month. The cause was a mass of warm air that moved across the country.

Read article on Iceland Review



Reyðarfjörður, East, Iceland
Jelena Ćirić / Iceland Review / November 26, 2019

It’s the first time that the virus has been detected in salmon in Iceland, though it was found in halibut in 1999. The virus poses no health risks to people.

Read article on Iceland Review



Hooper Bay, Alaska, United States
Greg Kim, Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK / November 25, 2019

A big winter storm came in from the Bering Sea and battered the Western Alaska coast from the evening of Nov. 25 through Nov. 26. Some communities, like Hooper Bay, have reported flooding.

Read article on KYUK



Seldovia, Alaska, United States
Michael Opheim / LEO Network / November 26, 2019

Warm temperatures are likely causing alders, and other woody Alaskan plants, to bud in fall and early winter. As winter sets in, the buds are damaged, and the plants will produce fewer buds come spring.

Read post on the LEO Network



The Northern Climate Observer is published weekly by the Center for Climate and Health. We carefully track news coverage from across the circumpolar north and provide readers with a curated roundup of climate change related events. Thank you for reading our newsletter and for your attention to our changing world.

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