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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.

Chase, Alaska, United States
Desirae Roehl / LEO Network / July 1, 2019

"My family and I have been RV camping across Alaska for the last several years. This year, the mass amounts of dead spruce trees have been more apparent than any year prior."

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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Yereth Rosen / Reuters / July 9, 2019

Smoke and soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the subarctic city of Fairbanks with some of the world's worst air pollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a "clean air shelter."

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Chevak, Alaska, United States
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK / July 10, 2019

People living in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta felt something unusual this past holiday weekend: a heat wave. Temperatures crept close to 90 degrees in many parts of the region.

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Bethel, Alaska, United States
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK / July 6, 2019

Subsistence families along the Kuskokwim River are cutting open fish to find white balls or white streaks deforming the meat.

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Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
Mike Brubaker / CBC / July 10, 2019

Fire crews are battling a pair of major wildfires on the North Klondike Highway near Dawson City that are creating smoky conditions for locals but have not yet led to highway closures, Yukon Protective Services said Wednesday afternoon.

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Shaktoolik, Alaska, United States
Davis Hovey / Alaska Public Media / July 11, 2019

Norton Sound residents have reported salmon die-offs in unusually large numbers during the last week. According to the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC), dead pre-spawned pink salmon were found in multiple river systems over the weekend.

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Kotlik, Alaska, United States
Alaska Media, LLC. / Arctic Sounder / June 24, 2019

Around 60 ice seals have been reported dead across northern and western Alaska this month. The cause of the strandings and deaths is not known.

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Deering, Alaska, United States
Shady Grove Oliver / The Arctic Sounder / June 29, 2019

This comes just days after other reports of about 60 dead ice seals found from Kotlik to Kotzebue and Kivalina to Point Hope.

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Canadian Forces Base Alert, Nunavut
Bob Weber / CBC News / July 15, 2019

Weather watchers are focused on the world's most northerly community, which is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave.

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