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Arctic farming: Town turns to hydroponics for fresh greens

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town above Alaska’s Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for northern-growing forests to take root.

Amid these unforgiving conditions, a creative kind of farming is sprouting up in the largely Inupiat community of Kotzebue.

Cool: Earth’s 16-month record heat streak finally ends

WASHINGTON — Federal meteorologists say Earth’s 16-month streak of record high temperatures is finally over.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last month’s 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius) was merely the second hottest September on record for the globe. That’s slightly cooler than the September record set last year. But it was warmer than the 20th century average.