Experts say communities have between 3-5 days of supplies before more needs to be shipped in
By Andrew Kurjata and Ash Kelly, CBC News, Feb 15, 2017
A series of highway closures has highlighted how dependent B.C. communities are on regular shipments of food and supplies and raised questions about what would happen to that supply chain during a prolonged emergency. Read the rest of this entry
by Emma Prestwich, Huffington Post, May 19, 2016
Vegetables aren’t hugely popular in the northern community of Arviat.
The hamlet of just over 2,000 people on the shores of Hudson Bay has two grocery stores, and fresh food, which has to be flown in from southern Canada, is pricey.
Many vegetables, like lettuce, also don’t keep for very long, and community educator Shirley Tagalik says this makes them even less appealing.
“If you buy something and it’s wilted and goes bad the next day, [you] don’t want to waste your money,” Tagalik tells The Huffington Post Canada. Read the rest of this entry
What’s turning northern forests into tinder? Biggest reason is climate change, but that’s not all.
A sudden shift in the wind at a critical time of day was all it took to send a wildfire out of control through Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 people out of their homes in what has become the biggest natural disaster in Canadian history.
Earlier this week, Darby Allen, the regional fire chief for the area, minced no words when he was asked what might happen now that more than 1,600 homes have been destroyed. Read the rest of this entry
Canadian lakes, including those that are ice-covered in winter, are warming twice as fast as others
By Emily Chung, CBC News, Dec 17, 2015
Lakes around the world are warming surprisingly quickly due to climate change, threatening the global water supply. And lakes in Canada are some of the fastest-warming in the world, a new study shows. Read the rest of this entry
by The Washington Post, November 9, 2015
Greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere reached another grim milestone earlier this year as carbon dioxide levels surpassed the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million across much of the planet, the premier global meteorological association confirmed in a report to be released Monday.
Figures compiled by the World Meteorological Organization showed strong growth — and new records — in the concentrations of all three of the most important heat-trapping gases, continuing a long-term trend with ominous implications for climate change, the group said. Read the rest of this entry
Low returns of wild coho salmon are prompting the Quinault Indian Nation to close all its fisheries in Grays Harbor and Queets River and to declare an economic disaster because of the resulting hardship on fishermen and their families.
The tribe attributed the low returns to the so-called Godzilla El Niño that is under way in the Pacific, exacerbated by a “blob of warm water off the coast,” the Quinault said in a statement describing what it called a dire situation. Read the rest of this entry
Richard Walker, Indian Country Today, August 24, 2015
Mother Earth is teaching a lesson. Or giving us a scolding.
The message, according to those working for climate change solutions: We have to change the way we live, the way we use the land and waters.
In the drought-stricken west, more than 1.3 million acres of parched wildlands are being consumed by fire. Year-to-date, the total number of acres consumed by wildfire—a record 7,210,959—exceeds the 10-year average by 2.2 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
CTV News/The Canadian Press, August 18, 2015
EDMONTON — New research suggests that this week’s restrictions on withdrawing water from the Athabasca River for oilsands use are a preview of what the industry will face under climate change.
Alberta’s energy regulator has suspended a total of 73 temporary industry licences to take water from the Athabasca because of low flows.