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Fort Resolution residents spot American Black Vulture ‘way, way out of its range’

Half a continent away from its natural habitat, an American Black Vulture recently visited Fort Resolution. Residents posted photos of the bird on social media this week, remarking on the unusual sighting and sharing pictures...

Bob McLeod: ‘Jobs don’t fall out of the sky’

A looming October territorial election is currently missing a key player — its Premier. Premier Bob McLeod — who’s spent the summer knocking against federal environmental legislation, meeting with fellow premiers, and calling for increased...

Rally demands CBC hold a federal leaders climate debate

A rally outside of CBC North on Wednesday urged the broadcaster to hold a federal leaders debate on climate change before it’s too late. Rally attendees’ placards called for “green jobs for all” and a...

Premiers push Ottawa for lead on local climate change strategy

Premier Bob McLeod called for each province and territory's its own climate change strategy in a joint statement with the country's premiers Thursday. “Climate change is a global threat, with immediate and long-lasting, tangible impacts...

Open passage of prosperity

It was a bit more than a couple of years ago when I found myself in a little hot water with some others in this up-and-down industry for suggesting climate change may not necessarily...

Lightstone pushes for renewable energy rebate program

On a day when youth marched outside the legislative assembly calling for climate change action, Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone called for a renewable energy rebate program in Nunavut. All other Canadian jurisdictions have them, Lightstone...

Yellowknife students strike for climate change action

Yellowknife high school students gathered in front of the legislative assembly on May 24 for the second climate change strike this month. Around the world, striking students have held demonstrations demanding climate change action to...

Climate policy still freezing out Northerners

Climate change creates winners and losers. So states a new report by a pair of Stanford University professors who have tried to calculate the impact of rising greenhouse gas emissions on global inequality. It was...

TALES FROM THE DUMP: It’s time to stop using the term ‘hundred-year flood’

I want to start by saying that I feel bad for anyone who loses their house, cabin or cottage due to flooding, fire or any other natural or human made disaster. I know it...
Ella Kokelj, second from right, is a Sir John Franklin High School student and youth board member of Ecology North who says she is going on strike Friday in an effort to get action on climate change. She was among several panelists last week discussing climate change action, including Craig Scott, executive director of Ecology North, David Bob, president of the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour, and Kimberly Fairman, executive director of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research. Meaghan Richens/NNSL photo.

Yellowknifers discuss climate change action

Craig Scott, executive director of Ecology North, says the upcoming territorial and federal elections may be the first in Canadian history to be decided by climate issues. “It’s a time of division right now, when...

We spoke to Yellowknifers about climate change, here’s what they said

France Benoit is a farmer on the Ingraham Trail, and explains how she sees the effects of climate change on her daily work. "I have been here almost 30 years and I have seen a...

EDITORIAL: If only blue-green algae had a carbon tax

The good news is that humans are not the first creatures to have emitted a critical amount of planet-imperilling gas. Way back about 2.5 billion years ago when the Earth was a very different place...

Climate change has mental health risks, says Yellowknife doctor

In 2014, the Northwest Territories saw its worst wildfire season since the 1990s, with three million hectares of land burned in one summer. While the dry conditions that caused the fires have been linked to...
Rachel Blakeston, a grade four student at East Three Elementary School, was just one of many students to participate in a meeting with Kevin Giesbrecht, the manager of the local Northmart, at the town’s council chambers on April 3. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Northmart’s plastic usage challenged by Inuvik youth

Inuvik youth continue their push for a plastic-free community, most recently taking their message to the store manager of the local Northmart at a meeting hosted in town council chambers on April 3. Kevin Giesbrecht,...

Nunavut’s rapidly changing seasons concern Ruth Kaviok

Ruth Kaviok returned from the tropics of Peru in March following a trip of several weeks as a volunteer with Canada World Youth. Ruth Kaviok is contemplating a second run for president of the National...
Aaron Hemens is the editor of the Inuvik Drum.

Climate change is a humanitarian crisis, not a youth problem

On March 15, students around the globe decided to skip class and strike for climate justice. According to the “Fridays For Future” website, the campaign that prompted the global “Youth Climate Strike” movement, more...

Public feedback needed for territorial 2020 Environmental Audit

Work is already underway for the Northwest Territories 2020 Environmental Audit. Independent auditors and employees from the GNWT's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) held a public open house at Northern United Place on...

You can make an impact on climate change

Last week I spoke with Chris Burn, a Northern studies professor at Carleton University, about how the number of landslides in the NWT has been increasing since the 1990s. For example, in September 2009, 25...

Increase in landslides a result of climate change, experts say

A large landslide occurred approximately 650 kilometers south of Inuvik, halfway between Wrigley and Tulita on the Johnson River, about five kilometres from where it meets the Mackenzie River. The landslide created a lake that...

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