Arctic wilderness faces pollution threats as oil and gas giants target its riches

Melting ice caps, the influx of trawlers and tourists, and Shell's £4bn investment to drill for fossil fuels in the Chukchi Sea all raise fears By Robin McKie 21 July 2012 It is home to a quarter of the planet's oil and natural gas reserves, yet humans have hardly touched these resources in the far north. But in a few days that could change dramatically if Shell receives approval ... [click title to continue]

Nunavut youth accepts Canada’s “Colossal Fossil” award in Durban

"The embarrassing part was me being Canadian" By Frank Tester Special to Nunatsiaq News December 9, 2011 Sponsored by the Climate Action Network, a global coalition of over 700 non-governmental organizations dealing with climate change, a “First Place Fossil” award went to New Zealand for its mixed messages on climate change action.DURBAN, South Africa — Canada picked up an award Dec. ... [click title to continue]

Northern Communities Discuss Nuclear Waste

By Mark MelnychukThe Meadow Lake ProgressSaskatchewan, Canada June 10, 2011 Jim Harding addresses the meeting in Beauval, Sask. Both the benefits and risks of storing nuclear waste were up for discussion at an open forum in Beauval.The Northern Forum for Truth on Nuclear Waste Storage was hosted by the Committee for Future Generations, and was held on June 2. More than 200 people attended the event.Mayors ... [click title to continue]

Socialists say ‘no’ to Arctic drilling

News wires 10 March 2011 Norway's Socialist Left party vowed today to reject any compromise that could lead to drilling off a pristine Arctic archipelago, setting the stage for talks that risk fracturing the Labour-led cabinet.The untapped waters around the Lofoten and Versteraalen islands are regarded by the oil industry as the most promising that remain off Norway, whose output has fallen by a third ... [click title to continue]

Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

Isuma TV  A scene from - Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the ... [click title to continue]

Climate change threatens North’s sewers, roads, buildings: Parliament report

APTN National News 09. Dec, 2010 by jbarrera OTTAWA-Roads, airports and sewers in Canada’s North face serious threats from the unfolding impacts of climate change, the Parliamentary Aboriginal affairs committee has found, and it is calling on the federal government to step in and protect infrastructure “critical to northerners for their existence.”The committee released a report on the North ... [click title to continue]

Arctic oil: the battle begins

Inside Story -  2 September 2010 In every generation one issue comes to symbolise the wider battle to protect the natural world. This could be it, writes Michael Jacobs Greenpeace campaigners THE DRAMATIC occupation by Greenpeace campaigners of an oil rig in the freezing seas off the coast of Greenland this week marks the first skirmish in what may prove to be the defining ... [click title to continue]

Canada Opens Arctic To NATO, Plans Massive Weapons Buildup

By Rick RozoffGlobal Research, August 29, 2010 Stop NATO The government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently concluded the largest of a series of so-called Canadian sovereignty exercises in the Arctic, Operation Nanook, which ran from August 6-26. Harper, Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay and Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces General Walter Natynczyk visited the nation's ... [click title to continue]

Arctic villages stop seismic tests as Canada mulls oil future

Renee Schoof McClatchy NewspapersWASHINGTON — Above the Arctic Circle in Canada near Greenland, five Inuit villages have won a court order that blocks a German icebreaker from conducting seismic tests of an underwater region that abounds with marine life — and possibly with oil, gas and minerals.For the villagers who live in this mostly treeless region of fiords, icebergs and polar bears, the case ... [click title to continue]