Staking the North: The Arctic is being developed—in whose interest?

By Shailagh KeaneyThe Dominion - Angela Sterritt MONTREAL—On March 28 Indigenous leaders and environmental activists called for a moratorium on Arctic oil and gas exploration, as Foreign Affairs Ministers from Canada, Norway, Denmark, Russia and the United States met at the “Arctic Summit” in Chelsea, Quebec to discuss their plans for the resource-rich North.Canada ... [click title to continue]

Polar bear population in Canada could fall by 30 per cent in a year

Lesley Ciarula TaylorThe A mathematical analysis for the first time has uncovered the prospect of a sudden, dramatic decline among Canadian polar bears as they starve to death. “This is much, much different. This is not a gradual change,” said Dr. Andrew Derocher, one of the world’s leading polar bear authorities and co-author of the study. “We’re looking at a decrease by 20 or 30 ... [click title to continue]

NUPGE asks PM for Arctic drilling moratorium

'At a minimum, we ask that no exemptions from regulations be awarded to BP or any oil and gas company.' - James Clancy.' The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is calling for a moratorium on Arctic drilling and for stronger oil and gas regulations in the wake of the devastating British Petroleum (BP) oil well leak in the Gulf of Mexico. In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, ... [click title to continue]

Oil spill in Arctic waters could have "catastrophic" impact

By Andrew MayedaCanwest News Service A worker contracted by British Petroleum scrapes oil from a beach after it was inundated by the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Port Fourchon, Louisiana May 23. William Adams, a former scientist at Environment Canada, was one of the researchers in a joint government-industry study of the impact of an oil spill in the Canadian portion of the Beaufort ... [click title to continue]

Scientists to spill oil in Arctic to test clean-up

Canadian Press Inuit leaders are concerned over federal plans to dump crude oil into northern waters next to a proposed marine conservation area so scientists can test new ways of cleaning up Arctic oil spills. "We don't want this project," said John Amagoalik, manager of lands for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has asked a northern regulatory board to approve ... [click title to continue]

Inuit see what’s happening to Arctic ice

By Tristan Pearce and James D. FordThe Record In the politically charged atmosphere that is climate change, new data — information that Arctic sea ice cover is nearly back to average after years of dramatic declines — has been paraded by climate skeptics as yet more evidence that climate change is a hoax. While this would appear a happy story, it is just that: a story. The National Snow and ... [click title to continue]

Canada Urged to Ban Nuclear Weapons from Arctic

by in CanadaBan Nuclear Weapons from Arctic, Increase Security Cooperation: ReportArctic and nuclear weapon states need to work together to rid the Arctic region of nuclear weapons, finds a new report by security analysts Michael Wallace and Steven Staples.“Ridding the Arctic of Nuclear Weapons: A Task Long Overdue” was released today by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian ... [click title to continue]

The (Un)frozen North

By Liz Stanton Public Goods: The economics of climate, equity and shared prosperityThe deeper the understanding that scientists gain about climate change, the more “feedback” processes they uncover. In other words, the more they realize how climate change leads to yet more climate change. This is one of the biggest areas of uncertainty in projecting future climate impacts. Average and best-case-scenario ... [click title to continue]

The impact of uranium mining on indigenous communities.

by Heather Tufts Peace, Earth and Justice NewsThe climate change debate positions nuclear power as a partial solution to carbon emissions according to some scientists and politicians. Uranium mining speculation lacks comprehensive health and safety regulations while the ethics of Canadian exported uranium, which can lead to depleted uranium used in zones of war, needs greater scrutiny. Abandoned uranium ... [click title to continue]