Canada Arctic

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

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 07.09.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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

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...

Feds Sign Contract To Build Arctic Patrol Ships

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has signed a contract to build its long-promised Arctic patrol ships, but it had to increase the overall project budget...

Why Denmark Should Own The North Pole Instead Of Canada

Dana Wagner | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The North Pole is a single point on the Arctic map that falls in an area claimed by three countries. Directly beneath this spot, below the polar ice, is the Lomonosov Ridge, now at the centre of a land dispute. Canada, Denmark and Russia are jockeying for exclusive jurisdiction of the submerged mountain range. If the pole went to the country that can best govern it, the winner is Denmark. In second place, Canada would not be bad, especially relative to Russia. But between the two, as one expert told the CBC, "there's absolutely no doubt that the North Pole is most definitely closer to Greenland than it is to Canada." Still, here are some alternative factors to consider:

Canada and Norway's Shared Polar History: An Important Testament to Cooperation in the Arctic

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norway, like Canada, has a time-honoured history of polar exploration. Canada's Arctic Archipelago is one of the least accessible regions in the world; this maze has been the object of fascination and obsession for centuries.

Emails Suggest Canada's North Pole Bid Surprised Gov. Officials

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Politics

New documents suggest that Canada's last-minute decision to stretch its claim to the Arctic seabed all the way to the North Pole took federal bureaucr...

Polar Bear Ban-Wagon Targets Inuit Livelihoods

Terry Audla | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Terry Audla

Inuit live among polar bears. So it baffles me when well-meaning people who have never seen a polar bear outside a zoo or cruise ship or glass-walled buggy seek to impose rules to govern how Inuit interact with bears, to determine how we should engage in a cycle of life that has allowed both Inuit and polar bears to survive for thousands of years.

This Is What A Canadian Aircraft Carrier Looks Like

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada

So what if the USA has 10 nuclear-powered submarines that look more like cities than ships. Canada has some pretty impressive "aircraft carriers" of i...

When it Comes to the Environment, Canada Has a Black Thumb

David Suzuki | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Sadly, the inability of governments to deal with climate change is neither just national, nor recent. We've been saddled with government indolence on climate and pollution for far too long, and in far too many places around the world. But Canada has been singled out for getting in the way of progress at global climate negotiations, and we're the only country to have pulled out of the legally binding Kyoto Protocol.

Arctic Drones Could Be Canada's Future In The North

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics

For a wreck that has been underwater for almost 170 years, HMS Erebus looked almost perfectly preserved, the image so clear that viewers could almost ...

Ocean Acidification: A Common Cause and a Common Concern for Norway and Canada

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The only way to fight ocean acidification is through a reduction in the global level of CO2 emissions. It is vital for Norway and other key players that the climate summit in Paris next year is successful. Norway is committed to the process and to achieving an ambitious outcome as we work towards the two-degree target and a low carbon society.

When it Comes to the Arctic, Canada Is Unprepared

Global Shapers Community Ottawa | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Business
Global Shapers Community Ottawa

Years of underfunding have left Canada's Coast Guard woefully unprepared to fulfill its increasing responsibilities in the Arctic. Thinning sea ice is creating new economic opportunities in the North, including resource development and rising shipping traffic.

What Can the Arctic Governments Do About Climate Change?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The Arctic is one of the places where climate change is most rapid and easy to observe. As it is also very sparsely populated, it is easy to think that, similar to the small island states in the Pacific, the Arctic peoples have to pay a big price for developments elsewhere.