- Sea Ice Retreat Could Lead to Rapid Overfishing in the Arctic. A consortium of countries are meeting in Iceland, where they hope to strike a deal that protects the newly accessible ecosystem.
- Global Warming Is Threatening Alaska’s Prized Wedding Flower. Business is booming for the state’s peony growers. Will climate change ruin things?
- The Race to Safeguard the Arctic’s Natural Heritage. Scientists are trying to protect seven marine areas before climate change worsens.
- In Canada’s Boreal Forest, a New National Park Faces the Wrongs of the Past—and Guards Our Climate Future. Thaidene Nëné, declared this summer, is a milestone for an Indigenous-led conservation movement that can help keep carbon in the ground and protect crucial habitat as the planet warms.
- Butterflies in the Storm. Battling rising seas and creeping asphalt, scientists race to save two endangered species.
- Sea Change. The Arctic Ocean is beginning to look and act more like the Atlantic. It’s a shift that threatens to upend an entire food web built on frigid waters.
- High Stakes in the High North. A remote island that harbored the world’s last mammoths is becoming a holdout for Arctic wildlife once again.
The Globe and Mail
- This is your brain on trees: Why is urban nature so good for our minds, and what happens when a pandemic isolates us from it? Green space helps people feel less depressed and fatigued, and science is still exploring all the other ways it lifts our spirits. In a global crisis, we could all use more time in nature
- Fuzzy Fish. Moldy fish in an Alaskan river threaten a community’s food supply.
- Arctic Dogsledding Culture Is Slipping Through the Cracks. Warming temperatures and shrinking sea ice threaten a way of life.
- Frozen Assets. Ice cores tell the history of Canada’s climate, but now the government doesn’t want them anymore
- The new lice wars. Despite evidence that it’s time to abandon the no-nit rule requiring kids be sent home, schools have yet to get the message
- The root of the ginseng industry’s problem. Demand from China is driving sales of the cultivated root from Canada—and encouraging poachers in the U.S.
- How Cities Can Beat the Heat. Rising temperatures are threatening urban areas, but efforts to cool them may not work as planned
- Ecology: Lady of the lakes. Diane Orihel set her PhD aside to lead a massive protest when Canada tried to shut down its unique Experimental Lakes Area.
- Ocean sediments suggest dry future for Horn of Africa. Reduced rainfall in East Africa linked to anthropogenic climate change.
- Canada abolishes its national science adviser. After just four years, government axes post.
- Canada’s renowned freshwater research site to close. Budget fall-out hits environmental research stations.
- Study revives bird origin for 1918 flu pandemic. Model also links avian influenza strains to deadly horse flu.
- Mechanism behind mega-heatwaves pinpointed. Two recent record hot spells traced to feedback loop between dry soils and trapped air.
- The virus spy. Yan Li talks about spotting the novel swine flu virus at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory.
- Inuit concerns stall seismic testing. Research in Canadian waters halted over fears it could harm wildlife.
- Russian summer tops ‘universal’ heatwave index. Proposed definition of heatwaves grades 2010 Russia event the worst on record.
- Biology for art’s sake. Paintings and other works of art are under attack from insects and fungi. Conventional pesticides don’t help — they, too, can damage precious artefacts.
Nature Climate Change
- Risky Business: Altering the atmosphere. Recently revisited as a quick fix for global warming, ‘geoengineering’ could rapidly cool the climate but might also play havoc with the planet.
- Canadian election goes against the ‘green shift’. Canada’s voters have rejected the Liberal party’s strong environmental platform to re-elect Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The New York Times
- Europe’s Triumphs and Troubles Are Written in Swiss Ice. Pollen frozen in ice in the Alps traces Europe’s calamities, since the time Macbeth ruled Scotland.
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- Greenland’s Disappearing Glaciers—A Tale of Fire and Ice. Two teams of scientists race to decipher a mystery that could link distant wildfires with Greenland’s melting ice sheet.
- History Lost to Sea. Researchers are racing to record—and save—the cultural treasures of the western Canadian Arctic before they fall victim to climate change.
- Fieldwork in the Arctic is surprisingly costly, limiting the research done there. Funding top-ups for northern research don’t cover true costs
- Nations agree to ban fishing in Arctic Ocean for at least 16 years. Landmark pact designed to allow time to develop science-based management
- Climate change made the Arctic greener. Now parts of it are turning brown. Warming trends bring more insects, extreme weather and wildfires that wipe out plants
The Toronto Star
- Canadian software helps Syrian activists avoid web censors. Psiphon 3 frees Internet access to circumvent government blocks around the world.
- Climate change ticks ever closer. At the foot of Leslie St., a spit of land fans out into Lake Ontario. Over the years, the man-made peninsula, built with rubble from Toronto construction sites, has grown into an urban wilderness, home to butterflies, birds, rabbits and the occasional coyote.
- It may be a gut feeling, but all the action starts in your brain. Last month, in a meeting with the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune, Michael Chertoff, the United States homeland security chief, announced he had a “gut feeling” that the nation faced an increased risk of a terrorist attack this summer.
- Wasp Venom Can Save Lives. But the Supply Chain Is Shaky. Venom is crucial to make medicines for those with severe allergic reactions to wasp, hornet, and yellow jacket stings.