Not a Drop to Drink - The unusual drought this summer has resulted in many environmental impacts; the wildfires, beetle infestations and fish die-offs have been much discussed. There is now a new symptom of the drought with serious health implications for a growing number of communities: water shortage.
Nanwalek, a village of about 200 on the southern Kenai Peninsula, has received about 1.01 inches (2.55 centimeters) of rain since June 1, far below the average of over 6 inches. On August 20, Priscilla Evans posted in LEO Network that the community was in a crisis, the reservoir was drying and bottled water had to be delivered by air cargo. The list of communities with water shortages has grown to eight, ranging from Southeast all the way to the Alaska Peninsula. It is an amazing turn of events in a region historically characterized as 'temperate rain forest'.
In this edition, you can see Priscilla's observation, read about glacier rebound in Iceland and the booming bat populations in Northwest Territories.
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The Northern Climate Observer is published weekly by the Center for Climate and Health. We track news from across the circumpolar north and provide readers with a curated roundup of climate change related events.