Monday, 14 May 2018

Investors urge fossil fuel firms to shun Trump's Arctic drilling plans


The Guardian
The Porcupine herd on its home range - the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. It's feared the decision last year by the U.S. Senate to allow oil drilling there will disrupt and endanger the herd, considered the largest and healthiest on the continent. Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 

Oil extraction in Alaskan wilderness area would be an ‘irresponsible business decision’, trillion-dollar investors say. More here.

RELATED: "Oil drilling threatens yet another caribou herd" - by Larry Powell.

Friday, 11 May 2018

The race to save Arctic cities (in Canada & elsewhere) as permafrost melts


NATIONAL OBSERVER
In Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, a good home is hard to find. More here.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
The walls of this immense Siberian crater are more than 85 meters tall in places. Batagaika Crater has formed as rising temperatures have thawed the permafrost in Siberia. Warmer summers and shorter winters are causing the frozen layer cake of ice and soil to collapse (or “slump”) and erode away in much of the Arctic. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Modern, U.S. Family Farm Pastures its Pigs.


RODALE
INSTITUTE
A behind the scenes look at the Rodale Institute Organic Hog Facility with Farm Manager Ross Duffield. More here.

Alien Waters: Neighbouring Seas Are Flowing into a Warming Arctic Ocean



Yale Environment 360
Drift ice in the archipelago of Svalbard. Photo by AWeith 
The “Atlantification” and “Pacification” of the Arctic has begun. As warmer waters stream into an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean, new species — from phytoplankton to whales — have the potential to upend this sensitive polar environment. More here.

Beavers do 'dam' good work cleaning water


ScienceDaily
A PinP photo.
Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows. More here.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Has Canada made itself vulnerable to a catastrophe on the scale of the Deepwater Horizon?



NATIONAL OBSERVER
An investigation by Joel Ballard indicates there is reason to believe that's exactly what Canada has done. More here.

The Deepwater Horizon. 
Photo by the US Coast Guard.

Monday, 7 May 2018

China-backed Sumatran dam threatens the rarest ape in the world


TheConversation

The plan to build a massive hydropower dam in Sumatra as part of China’s immense Belt and Road Initiative threatens the habitat of the rarest ape in the world, which has only 800 remaining members. More here.

Photo by Tim Laman

The second-largest ice sheet in the Arctic - Canada's Milne sheet, has collapsed.

This animation shows the sheet rapidly receding, losing almost half its mass. https://twitter.com/ECCC_CIS/status/1290740808170307584?s=2...