Category Archives: Environment

Two degrees of escalation

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy predicts how  two degrees of global warming might affect Canada, including the Far North. Many links, graphics and the report itself available here: Climate Prosperity – National Round Table on … Continue reading

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In Iqaluit, history repeats itself

You may have heard by now that the Government of Nunavut is paying $2.2 million — most of which is actually Ottawa’s money — to build a custom-made research vessel that by 2011 will sail the waters of the eastern … Continue reading

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“A paradox of development”

It’s no surprise that circumpolar Inuit leaders who attended last month’s United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen last month, known as COP15 for short, are divided over resource development in the Arctic. One one side, you have leaders such … Continue reading

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No one like this in Canada

What are the chances of Canada ever seeing a foreign affairs minister like Alexander Stubb of Finland? Not only does he read books, he’s written nine of them. He owns three university degrees and publishes numerous articles in newspapers and … Continue reading

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The IFAW goes for a reindeer ride

That $100-million-a-year fundraising business known as the International Fund for Animal Welfare has now set its sights on the Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou herds. The Peary caribou range lies entirely within Nunavut, while the Dolphin-Union herd’s range straddles the boundary … Continue reading

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“The Arctic as we know it may soon be a thing of the past.”

Well, that’s what one respected IPY researcher says.

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Worth reading

Good piece by Franklyn Griffiths in the Globe and Mail today. Added later: You might also want to read this article by Doug Saunders as a kind of companion piece.

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Mitch Taylor doesn’t deserve this

Mitch Taylor’s views on climatology may be eccentric. But they do not justify this: Polar bear expert barred by global warmists. He’s not a climatologist. He’s a polar bear biologist. His views on climatology are irrelevant to the question of … Continue reading

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Clear thinking on Arctic sovereignty

As promised in the preceding post: Franklyn Griffith’s recent essay on Canadian Arctic sovereignty issues, published recently in Northern Exposure: Peoples, Powers and Prospects in Canada’s North. In, it he performs the work that one expects of a competent scholar: … Continue reading

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Michaëlle Jean and The Raw and the Cooked (1)

Let’s not forget that all she did was swallow a few grams of unprocessed animal protein extracted from the body of a thriving species of seal whose population numbers in the millions. But her detractors talk as if Michaëlle Jean … Continue reading

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