Canada Arctic

Earth Breaks Hot Temperature Record For 3rd Year In A Row

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded.

New Arctic Drilling Ban Is A Significant Victory For The Environment

Ecojustice | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

The ban means that the government cannot hand out any new offshore oil and gas licences in Arctic waters. And without a licence, a company cannot apply to drill for oil or gas. In essence, the ban protects both the sensitive Arctic environment and vulnerable communities by stopping risky projects before they start.

The Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The Globe

CP | Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada

Scientists have long said man-made climate change would hit the Arctic fastest.

Bird Poop Could Have Cooling Effect On Warming Arctic: Research

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada

Small droppings have a big impact.

Big Is Good, But We Have An Obligation To Go Bigger

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Now is the time for us to take the big step. Conservation is no longer about creating one on one partnerships. Instead, we need to work together to advance the social bottom line, and make a significant difference towards our domestic and global contributions.

We Must Heed The Urgent Call For Change From The Arctic

WWF-Canada | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Most of us couldn't imagine that it would come to this, at least not in our lifetime. The Arctic is changing from a white, ice-covered, predictable environment to one that is increasingly unstable. And because of the tight linkages between Earth's systems, changes in the Arctic will reverberate around the world.

Canada Must Take Global Opportunity To End HFC Pollution

Catherine McKenna | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Catherine McKenna

Bold action to phase out HFCs could bring remarkable results. In Paris last year, leaders dared to set a goal of limiting global warming to below two degress Celsius. If we act in Kigali and phase out HFCs, scientists believe we could avoid 0.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century.

'Historic Moment' For Nunavut At Renewable Energy Summit

David R. Miller | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

Government representatives and community leaders joined dozens of policy, utility and legal experts in one room for the first time to talk about the realities of weaning Arctic communities off dirty diesel fuel, and onto habitat-friendly renewable energy.

Let's Stand With Clyde River Inuit And Stop Seismic Blasts In The Arctic

David Suzuki | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

To prevent the destruction of their hunting grounds, the remote hamlet of Clyde River in Nunavut and the Nammautaq Hunters and Trappers Organization appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which agreed to hear the case later this year. This case is in an isolated region. But the threat of massive development in yet another traditional territory is not an isolated case.

A Weekend In Kuururjuaq

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

There is so much that we could tell, but some stories take time to unfold. And this is the case of my journey in Kuururjuaq National Park, a pure beau...

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 12.09.2016 | 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 10.22.2016 | 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 10.02.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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 09.15.2016 | 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.