First federal assessment of Arctic Ocean finds drastic change

First federal assessment of Arctic Ocean finds drastic change

The top of the world is turning upside down, says the first overall assessment of Canada’s Arctic Ocean. The assessment, the result of work by dozens of federal scientists and Inuit observers, describes a vast ecosystem in unprecedented flux: from ocean currents to the habits and types of animals that swim in it. The Arctic Ocean, […]

Arctic ecosystems and cultures threatened as region continues to warm

Arctic ecosystems and cultures threatened as region continues to warm

Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “A lot of people think of the Arctic as being a faraway place, but the loss of ice is affecting people now — […]

New federal Arctic policy focuses on human health, environment, infrastructure

New federal Arctic policy focuses on human health, environment, infrastructure

The federal government has released its long-awaited policy on developing the Canadian Arctic in a changing environmental and political world. But after three years of work on the lengthy document, some are left asking, “Where’s the caribou?” The document proposes eight priorities. Health, infrastructure and economic development are at the top. It mentions a shopping […]

After 4 years, the Liberals haven't released their plan for the Arctic

After 4 years, the Liberals haven't released their plan for the Arctic

After four years in power, the Liberal government still hasn’t delivered on a promise of a detailed plan for developing Canada’s North in a time of climate change and economic and military threats from circumpolar powers. “There is so much work that needs to be done,” Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern told CBC News. “For decades, […]

Ozone layer is healing, but maybe not the Arctic ozone hole, UN says

Ozone layer is healing, but maybe not the Arctic ozone hole, UN says

The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is recovering at a rate of one to three per cent per decade, reversing years of dangerous depletion caused by the release of harmful chemicals, a UN study said on Monday. The four-yearly review of the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 ban on man-made gases that damage […]

Arctic ice melt, increased shipping endangers whales: study

Arctic ice melt, increased shipping endangers whales: study

Melting ice caused by climate change has given ships more access to Arctic waters, which researchers say could have serious consequences for the survival of bowhead and beluga whales. Lauren McWhinnie is the lead author on a study that says there is a window of opportunity to address the harmful effects of increased shipping on the whales’ […]

The Arctic just had its warmest winter on record

The Arctic just had its warmest winter on record

Winter at the top of the world wimped out this year. The Arctic just finished its warmest winter on record. And sea ice hit record lows for this time of year, with plenty of open water where ocean water normally freezes into thick sheets of ice, new U.S. weather data show. Meteorologists consider December, January […]

High Arctic fossils reveal ancient bear’s weakness for sweets

High Arctic fossils reveal ancient bear’s weakness for sweets

Two bears living in a boreal forest in Canada’s High Arctic millions of years ago munched on too many sweets and didn’t brush their teeth, fossil evidence suggests. As you might imagine, those bears ended up with cavities — something that paleontologists were very excited to see. “These individuals actually suffered from a condition that well, […]