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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 11:18 AM

Thunder in Greenland - unheard of for 30 years

An island imperiled
As their home melts, Greenlanders confront the fallout of climate change.


TASIILAQ, Greenland — When a severe thunderstorm rattled the town of Tasiilaq in East Greenland in April, it was all the 2,000 residents could talk about.

“Facebook was full of people saying, ‘I was doing this and then I heard the thunder,’ and when I went to my job, everyone was talking about it,” said Anna Kűitse Kúko, 63, who has lived in the coastal town for most of her life. “It’s just so rare. We maybe hear some thunder one time in 30 years. It was scary.”

For Kúko — who was born outdoors, delivered by her grandmother “in nature, just on the other side of the mountains” on the edge of town — the ominous roars, cracks and rumbles were just another way that she and her neighbors have seen their environment change over the last 15 years.

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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 12:51 PM

1. Kick

The harbor and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters)

“When I was a boy, before Christmas, we used to go ice fishing,” said Axel Hansen, 43, who was born in Tasiilaq. “Now it is impossible. We have to wait almost two months after Christmas. The snow is not so good anymore — it’s soft and wet. In the old days it was hard and easier to go hunting and dog sledding. Now it is not so good.”

Such drastic changes to ice conditions can have deadly consequences. Kúko, who works as a teacher in Tasiilaq, said four people have drowned from falling through thin ice in the past 15 years — an unusually high number for a town of experienced hunters who grew up using dog sleds, not snowmobiles, and harpoons, not shotguns, to nab their prey.

“It is much more dangerous to go on the ice now,” she said. “It’s unpredictable and more thin, so you can easily go through the ice and drown. Hunters used to know exactly how the ice would be.”

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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 01:37 PM

2. rare but has happened in the past...like 30 yrs ago? nt

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