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Twitter Thread: Inuit Shares Insane Food Prices Up North

Living in a remote place is a great way to not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and this is wild. Twitter user KataraPiujuq showed some of the crazy high prices for fruit and vegetables, and how it's a bit of an issue. Just seeing a bag of oranges go for 20 bucks is enough to make anyone frustrated.

Twitter thread on very high arctic fruit and vegetable prices | Inuk Katara @KataraPiujuq Thread fruit and vegetable prices Arctic 7:53 PM 06 Oct 20 Twitter Web App 19.3K Retweets 1,932 Quote Tweets 51K Likes Inuk Katara @KataraPiujuq 20h Replying KataraPiujuq And before say 'just move down south' here is price airfare my hometown Ottawa O https bookings.canadiannorth.com/dx/STDX/Might-selection?journeyType-one-way&localemen-US O YGT YOW 又Passerears Seats Panent 1,225.08 DEPART Wed, Oct 7th Trip
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The End of Times is Nigh! Crazy Lightning Storm Lights Up The Arctic, Even in Space

Nearly 50 lightning strikes happened during a record setting heat-wave in the Arctic in July. This was in addition to over 1000 of them hitting over a wider area during a massive storm. This was one of the furthest examples of lightning strikes anywhere in the world in weather forecasters memories, with the closest being in Fairbanks, Alaska. While lightning strikes do occur in the Arctic, they are much rarer in such frequency, because the air is usually to cold and dry for such a major storm to be able to form.

Warming in the arctic caused a super rare lightning storm near the North Pole
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Protesters block the route of a Portland tanker by hanging from a bridge in hammocks.
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Every activist probably wishes they could accomplish as much sitting in a hammock.

The Washington Post reports that 13 protestors took to the sky (sorta) July 29 as they lowered themselves down from a bridge to try and stop Shell moving on to drill for oil in the arctic.

The protesters took to the St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River early Wednesday to block the icebreaker, named the Fennica, from heading north to protect Shell's fleet from ice and respond to an oil spill, should one occur.

"They are creating a human barricade so that the Shell icebreaker cannot get through," Annie Leonard, the executive director of Greenpeace USA, told KATU in Portland. "They are prepared to stay up there for days because that's what it is going to take to save the Arctic."





The Portland Mercury said the tactic apparently worked because the tanker, named the Fennica, had to retreat.

The activism springs from both growing concerns over an oil spill and a local feeling of duty.

As the Mercury says:

The U.S. Department of Interior says there is a 75 percent chance of an oil spill in the Arctic once drilling commences, a spill which experts say would be virtually impossible to clean up, posing unacceptable risks to indigenous peoples and the marine environment. Shell is proposing to commence drilling in this untouched region—thanks to rapidly melting ice in the Arctic due to climate change— at a time when NASA's former top climate scientist says we may see at least 10 feet of sea level rise by 2050.

"In Portland and across the Northwest, we have the unique opportunity and responsibility to act as a chokepoint in the transport of dirty coal, oil, and gas. For years, Portland has demonstrated powerful resistance to the shipping of coal and oil by rail, as well as tar sands mining equipment by road," says Meredith Cocks of Portland Rising Tide. "We view the arrival of Shell's icebreaker in Portland as another chance to disrupt new oil development and demonstrate that any and all new fossil fuel exploration and extraction is an unacceptable risk to our climate and future."