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Upward Trend

This graph uses monthly global temperature data from the atmosphere near the Earth (the lower troposphere). Some months are low and some are high, but a long-term view reveals an upward trend. This is not a...
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Waiting for the Ice

For the first time in recent memory, Iqaluit's New Years snowmobile parade was cancelled this year. Too much snow? Too cold or too icy? That's been known to put the breaks on celebrations in other parts of ...
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More Stories of Change

Last post, we heard from Albert Elias in his words and voice about changes in the north. Back in December, Doctors Barry Smit, and Tristan Pearce of the University of Guelph presented a scientific perspecti...

Stories of Change

There is no such thing as a purely environmental issue. This is certainly the case in Canada's Arctic where environmental, social, cultural, political and economic issues are inextricably linked. At the Vanc...
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A Call to Action for Canada’s Coasts

Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world - 4.5 times the closest rival, Indonesia. And the Arctic accounts for 75% of Canada's total coastline. Every two years, the Coastal Zone Canad...
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It’s Complicated

You may have heard that Inuit have a tremendous number of words for types of snow and ice (30-400 depending on the source). Well, the truth is, that's an urban legend. It's rooted in the fact that the vario...

Global Warming, Less Cooling

If the Earth is warming, why am I so cold? It's a fair question for many living throughout Europe and many parts of Asia and North America this winter. Throughout December, record lows have been slamming those ...
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Lessons from Arctic Net

Today is the final day of the 2010 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). Several hundred Arctic researchers and representatives from industry, northern communities, associations and government converged on...