• A Problem Put on Ice

    December 1, 2015

    It is early Thursday evening in mid-September; the sun is setting into a veil of smog from the power plants and people are coming back from work. This could be any small industrial town in Russia, but it is Norilsk — a northern city of 180 thousand people with an average annual temperature of minus […]

  • Canada’s frozen north feels financial burn of global warming

    December 1, 2015

    Climate change is taking a heavy economic toll on Canada’s far north, with buildings collapsing as melting permafrost destroys foundations, rivers running low and wildfires all a drain on the region’s limited finances, senior government officials said. A sprawling area spanning the Arctic Circle with a population of less than 50,000, Canada’s Northwest Territories has […]

  • Scientists harness indigenous knowledge to combat Arctic disasters

    December 1, 2015

    When tracking climate change in the Arctic, scientists rely not just on satellites and software but tap the knowledge of indigenous hunters who have lived in the frozen north for generations. To help them understand shifts underway in parts of the far north, including the increasing frequency of disasters, NASA Emeritus Scientist Nancy Maynard and […]

  • Solar panels empower indigenous people in Canada’s north

    December 1, 2015

    Daniel T’seleie, an indigenous activist in the far north, is campaigning to help his people wean themselves from a worrying dependence on imported fuel and food, recover old traditions and win greater autonomy from the Canadian government. In a region with nearly 24 hours of daylight in the summer, one way to help meet his […]

  • Melting Ice

    November 28, 2015

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