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Enlightening - We heard the amazing story from Heather Dingman, one of our LEO Network members in Barrow (now Utqiagvik) - a report of lightning strikes in the community of Atqasuk. Heather wrote: "We are concerned about changes in the weather, safety concerns related to lightning including infrastructure and risk from wildfires." It was June 26, 2013, and lightening was still an extremely rare event in the Arctic. There had been two lightning events that month, with the last striking the ground and causing a wildfire. It was crazy, un-Arctic and the first time lightening was reported as an unusual event in LEO Network. This week you can read about a similar event in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada as reported in the feature article from Nunatsiaq News. According to an article published in Arctic Today, the number of Arctic lightning strikes has tripled since 2010. You can read about the recent extreme weather in Nunavut, along with the attached lightning articles from LEO Network and Arctic Today. Also from the LEO Resilience Desk see two articles from the Anchorage Daily News, on the use of LED lights to prevent fishing bycatch, and an inspiring article about an Eagle River resident who spent the last decade building a micro-hydro project in his backyard. Mike Brubaker, Editor

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Nunatsiaq News / August 22, 2021

Lightning struck in Iqaluit during a storm on Sunday. Terri Lang, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s meteorologist for Nunavut, said the department's weather system did not pick up how many times lightning struck, but that it did occur in the region.

Read article on Nunatsiaq News



Summit Camp, Greenland
Kate Abnett / Reuters /

Rain fell at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet last week for the first time on record, another worrying sign of warming for the ice sheet already melting at an increasing rate, scientists said on Friday.

Read article on Reuters



Teno River, Norway/Finland Border
Saara Seipiharju / The Independent Barents Observer / August 23, 2021

This summer, the number of humpback salmon in the River Teno, the border river between Norway and Finland, has increased enormously from last year. These salmon have been swimming near the shores, with masses of them dying in the river from exhaustion. Local people are extremely worried.

Read article on The Independent Barents Observer



Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Braela Kwan / The Narwhal /

Since the initial June to July heatwave shocked the Pacific Northwest, Heim says the Tsolum River Restoration Society has observed significantly fewer fish in the river, especially in its lower portions. Many of the remaining coho, which survived the heat wave, are suffering from diseases and fin rot as a result of heat stress.

Read article on The Narwhal



CBC /

Coyote experts are trying to solve the mystery of why the animals have become aggressive with dozens of people in Stanley Park this year. Nearly 40 reported incidents have been reported since December 2020.

Read article on CBC



Holy Cross, Alaska, United States
Mary Auld / KTOO / August 21, 2021

State biologists completed an annual survey of the Innoko-Yukon River wood bison population earlier this summer, and they say the results show the animals are doing well six years after a seed group of bison was released in the area.

Read article on KTOO



Bering Sea
Laine Welch / Anchorage Daily News /

The lights require no plugs or batteries, automatically turn on underwater only when needed, and do not weaken or weigh down nets.

Read article on Anchorage Daily News



Eagle River, Alaska, United States
Alex Demarban / Anchorage Daily News / August 21, 2021

“This sort of became my purpose in life, to make something for my children and for humanity going forward,” said Dave Brailey, the mastermind behind the Juniper Creek Hydroelectric Project.

Read article on Anchorage Daily News



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