Canada Arctic

Renewable Energy Powers Up In Nunavut

WWF-Canada | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Our research into habitat-friendly renewable energy from solar and wind shows that there is a cost-effective opportunity to reduce reliance on fossil fuels in Nunavut. This is an important first step to supporting energy stability in the north without risk to marine environments.

Student Passions Awakened By Visit To This Arctic Paradise

WWF-Canada | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Known worldwide for its rich biodiversity and abundant marine life, Talluruptiup Tariunga, as it's called by the Inuit, is home to strong currents and tides that bring a constant supply of nutrients to the surface, sustaining a wide range of species from the land, sea and air. Polar bears, narwhals, belugas, bowheads, walrus, seals and seabirds all make their home here.

Keep Toxic Heavy Fuel Oils Out Of The Arctic

WWF-Canada | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Human health, community well-being and the global climate system can't wait. It's been more than six years since accidental oil spills were identified as the most significant threat to Arctic marine environments, and five years since the IMO first discussed the issue of HFO.

Arctic Cruises Are Extinction Tourism By Another Name

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Travel
Capt. Trevor Greene

The Crystal Serenity is preparing to ply the same waters as the good ship Ocean Endeavour, but won't carry any sincere, concerned Arctic lovers. I fear the star-crossed Serenity will carry the first extinction tourists into the Northwest Passage and begin the end of our endangered, fragile north.

Two Powerful New Allies Join WWF For A Thriving Arctic

David R. Miller | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The Canadian Arctic is a special place for conservation. Where else in the world do we have the opportunity to safeguard a place that is still, in many ways, pristine, with people and species living in ecosystems that have only been lightly altered by human activities.

Trudeau, Obama Missed Important Arctic Goals, Experts Say

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Politics

Some progress was still made.

Transport Canada Wants Drones To Watch Arctic Waters

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics

The drones would help look for environmental problems, keep tabs on shifting sea ice and boost Canadian sovereignty over northern waters.

6 Statistics That Highlight The Threat Facing Polar Bears

WWF-Canada | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
WWF-Canada

Polar bears are facing a dire situation for several reasons, and we have the numbers to illustrate exactly how potentially tragic things could be if we don't change things soon. Here's some facts on the status of polar bears today, and why action to reverse climate change is so important for this species.

Polar Bear Patrols Keep Bears And Communities Safer

WWF-Canada | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Polar bears are spending longer periods in the summer and fall open-water season resting along Arctic coastlines due to thinning and retreating sea ice. Cut off from seals, their primary food source, these bears scavenge food and are sometimes attracted to communities by odours from country (hunted) food and general human waste.

3 Reasons To Phase Out Dirty Heavy Fuel Oil From All Arctic Shipping

WWF-Canada | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Larger cargo carrying ships, tankers and larger cruise ships almost always use heavy fuel oil (HFO), one of the world's dirtiest and most polluting ship fuels. In the global Arctic, these large vessels comprise only 28 per cent of vessels, but consume 75 per cent of the total annual fuel used in the region.

The Arctic Is A Frozen Security Blanket For The World

WWF-Canada | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

To most Canadians, the Arctic is a faraway and mysterious place. It's a romantic piece of our history and identity. That wildness and cold is something we're proud of, but we don't know much about. It should play a bigger role in our consciousness. The Arctic makes up almost 40 per cent of Canada's landmass and two-thirds of our coastline.

Oceans - The Need For Strategic Partnerships Between Norway, the U.S. and Canada

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

We depend on the ecosystems of the world for our survival. With this in view it is vital to ensure that the oceans of the world are managed responsibly. We need partnerships, and we need goals. And we all have to do our part.

Could This Be the End of Offshore Oil Drilling in the Arctic?

WWF-Canada | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

A moment of silence was observed at the start of the Arctic Energy Summit in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, September 28, in response to Royal Dutch Shell's sudden announcement that it has abandoned oil exploration in offshore Alaska "for the foreseeable future." Shell's announcement was a bombshell and caught everyone off guard. The silence in the plenary session hall -- which happens to double as a hockey arena -- was surreal. I wondered: Could this be the end of offshore oil in the Arctic?

Canada Has a Global Responsibility to Protect Northern Boreal Birds

Hilary Cooke | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Hilary Cooke

Every year my spirit alternatively soars and then sinks as one to three billion birds migrate to Canada's boreal region to breed and then depart with two billion young for their southern wintering grounds. Each year I wonder, who will survive the journey south and who will come back next spring?

Heat Is On For Climate Change Talks After Hottest Summer On Record

David R. Miller | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Now is surely the time to say "enough is enough." We need to tally all the impacts we've seen, think about how many more are yet to come and decide it's time to take action on climate change. Canadians need to look at the other countries who are leading on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and realize that we're being left behind. Our leaders must implement new climate policies now and prepare for the UN Climate negotiations that are happening in Paris this December.

You Won't Believe Where Researchers Found Lyme Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

For us in Canada, the results should be an early warning sign of things to come. As average temperatures rise, so will the risk. This means the timeline for spread could be shorter and Lyme disease may be coming to a wilderness near you.

Why I Resigned From the Toronto Star

Paul Watson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Paul Watson

A quarrel over the search for two ships that sank in the middle of the 19th century probably doesn't strike people as the best reason to turn your back on a six-figure salary and walk the plank. To understand why, you only need to know this: I've lost track of the times I was nearly killed because I knew I had to give a bigger voice to frightened, intimidated people who couldn't stand up to power on their own. That is the core of the story I've returned to after breaking free yesterday from a six-week reporting ban imposed by Toronto Star editors.

Polar Bears Could Find Last Refuge In Canada's High Arctic

CBC | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada

Populations elsewhere — in Alaska, Russia, Norway and around Hudson Bay, northern Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador — are likely to decrease or greatly decrease by the year 2050.

Managing the Arctic: Moving North Towards the Ice Edge

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 06.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Oil and gas exploration-driven advancement towards the High North and the ice brink is disputed in Norway, as elsewhere. When examining factors such as oil prices and the northern harsh conditions, rapid industrial development in the Norwegian Barents Sea is not a given.

Canada's Military Doing Better Job In Arctic Than People Think: Report

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics

"They recognize that their role up there is not traditional military."

New International Shipping Rules To Protect Arctic Are Flawed: Experts

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics

"(The code) is a necessary first step but it doesn't address the big issue."

U.S. Military To Ask Canada For New Missile Sensors In The Arctic

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is preparing to ask that new sensors be installed in the Canadian Arctic that would be able to track different types of...

Meet the Yukon's Caveman

Lisa Jackson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

For the past 18 years, "Caveman Bill" Donaldson has lived in a cave above the Yukon River in Canada's North. Yup, this is for realsies. His cave is fully equipped with two small LED lights, a woodstove, cooking facilities, and a bed.

What Bill C-22 Means For Oil Spill Cleanup in Canada

Ecojustice | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ecojustice

A chemical dispersant is a kind of "spill-treating agent" (or "STA") that is designed to break up an oil slick and dilute the oil by mixing it into the water. A chemical dispersant isn't truly a clean-up tool -- it doesn't take any spilled oil out of the environment, and by the time a dispersant is applied, it's already too late to save most life forms in the vicinity of the spill.

Defence Chief Concerned About Russian Spy Drones In Arctic

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The country's chief of defence intelligence has taken an in-depth look at how Russia, or even China, could use drones to spy in Canada's Arct...