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Summer of ? April 1st was the official start of the wildfire season. So far, Alaska is off to a pretty mild start with normal risk levels anticipated for the spring and early summer. Hopefully we will see a season like last year, which had the lowest acres burned since 2008. What actually defined the summer of 2020 in Alaska was all the rain. In the north of Russia, however, the 2020 fire season was all about the heat. Record temperatures got things going early and in Siberia (particularly northern and eastern) an unusually big fire season with as much as 64 million acres burned by some estimates. This year the fire season is already underway in the Novosibirsk region (see story from the Siberian Times). As the pendulum swings, we will wait to see what kinds of events 2021 will bring. From the Resilience Desk, see the CBC article about Inuit strategies for adaption in Labrador. Mike Brubaker, Editor

Omsk, Omsk, Russia
Siberian Times / April 26, 2021

Omsk region reported ‘record high’ number of wildfires and cases of dry grass burning, that turn into wildfires this spring, with one day last week counting nearly a thousand new events a day. Omsk region emergency services said the number of wildfires is seven to ten times above the norm.

Read article on Siberian Times



Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Lindsay Bird / CBC / April 15, 2021

Mitigations and adaptations to climate change within Nunatsiavut are multiplying, but all share one element: they're being led locally.

Read article on CBC



Kjerringholmen, Fredrikstad, Viken, Norway
Amalie Fagerhaug Evjen / NRK / April 17, 2021

Odd Sørensen discovered this dead whooper swan on 10 April. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has received daily reports of dead birds and are asking the public to help report bird mortality in particular with ducks, geese, swans, seagulls, eagles, buzzards, crowd and ravens.

Read article on NRK



Topsham, Maine, United States
Chance Viles / Press Herald / April 26, 2021

A recent spate of attacks on humans and pets by foxes in Topsham may be in part due to a new strain of rabies. As of April 18, there have been five such attacks in Topsham this year. State Veterinarian Michele Walsh theorizes a rabies strain more associated with raccoons has begun infecting gray foxes.

Read article on Press Herald



Wales, Alaska, United States
Colin O'Connor / KNOM Radio Mission / April 16, 2021

March brought a series of storms across the Seward Peninsula, and in one Bering Strait community that meant a series of power outages. The storms are stronger than residents recall in the past.

Read article on KNOM Radio Mission



Ellis Quinn / Eye on the Arctic / April 14, 2021

The number of ships entering Canada's Northwest Passage, and the distances sailed, are all increasing, says a new report from the Arctic Council.

Read article on Eye on the Arctic



Черский, Нижнеколымский район, Sakha, Russia
Siberian Times / April 6, 2021

Arctic permafrost is degrading much faster than expected, warn scientists from the extreme north of Yakutia. It took two years for a building in the port town of Chersky on the Kolyma River, to snap in the middle after the once solid permafrost could no longer hold its supporting foundation.

Read article on Siberian Times



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