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From Across the North - LEO Network was founded on two simple ideas; that paying attention to environmental change is important, and that the best way to learn about change is to listen to local people. In this edition, we would like to recognize the contributions of one of our members, Vigdis Johnsen from Vadsø Finnmark Fylke, Norway. Without Vigdis, we would have never seen the amazing story about January blooming of raspberries, or over 50 other Norwegian language articles she has shared with LEO Network. Thank you Vigdis! With you in mind we are announcing the launch of a new feature, an easy way to translate articles into over a dozen languages. Now people in Alaska, Greenland, or Russia can read in their own language news shared by LEO Members far away, on the northern tip of Norway. If you have a news articles to share, just go to the LEO Network website and select Contribute a News Article. Its easy! By doing so, you are helping us to understand your world, and allowing us to share it with ours. Mike Brubaker - Editor

Drøbak, Akershus, Norway
Silje-Lisette Tennøy, Miriam Alsvik, Iselin Øverbø / NRK / February 1, 2020

The raspberries believes spring has begun now. They have started to bloom and have no idea that the cold temperatures may come in an instant.

Read article on NRK



Vega, Nordland, Norway
Synnøve Sundby Fallmyr / NRK / January 29, 2020

The island of Vega in Helgeland, which has a measurement station from 1999, has not had as much rain in 15 years. They had 27 rainy days in January.

Read article on NRK



Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Simon Denyer, The Washington Post / Anchorage Daily News / February 2, 2020

Climate change has allowed spotted seals to find new hunting grounds, but the marine mammals ultimately depend on sea ice to survive.

Read article on Anchorage Daily News



Anmore, British Columbia, Canada
Tiffany Crawford / Vancouver Sun / January 31, 2020

A couple of North Shore ski hills and Buntzen Lake in Anmore were closed Friday because of heavy rainfall, as Metro Vancouver prepared for another deluge Friday night.

Read article on Vancouver Sun



Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin, Russia
Siberia Times / January 29, 2020

Major rescue operation on the island of Sakhalin went on for two days. Some of the fishermen made their way back to safety on ice floes, using ice diggers as oars.

Read article on Siberia Times



Kodiak, Alaska, United States
Kavitha George / Alaska Public Media / January 29, 2020

The local Fish & Game office has tracked down and shot three problem bears in town over the last week, and they’re reminding residents — not all bears hibernate in the winter.

Read article on Alaska Public Media



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