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Archive for April, 2007

Two Belgium Explorers Reach North Pole Milestone

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

The spring polar expedition round-up adds another milestone to the list. As reported in Far North Science and the Arctic Arc expedition website, two Belgium explorers (Alain Hubert and Dixie Dansercoer) reach the North Pole after 578 miles and 54 days of travel from the north coast of Siberia. They now depart on the last [...]

Nunavut Honors Lamb Family and Aviation History in Ceremony at Rankin Inlet

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

From coastal waterways in Alaska to disparate Caribbean Islands to roadless tracts in the far North, where automobiles have yet to establish a foothold, small aviation companies provide a vital lifeline for people, communities, and economies in need of services, communications, and transportation over vast distances. Nunavut has honored one such company out of the [...]

Sophia Rabliauskas is Recognized for Community Campaign to Protect Boreal Forest and Culture near Poplar River, Manitoba

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Six people were awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize this year for their protection of the environment and grassroots organizing in their communities. The prize brings international recognition to environmental issues around the world, and a cash award of $125,000 in support of local environmental initiatives. The recipient from Canada, Sophia Rabliauskas, has worked in [...]

Chuitna River in Alaska Added to Endangered Rivers List For 2007

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Alaska community and environmental groups unite in media campaign to raise awareness for impacts of proposed coal mine in watershed of the Chuitna River in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage Alaska. The advocacy group American Rivers added the Chuitna to their list of endangered rivers for 2007, citing water quality and impacts on crucial salmon [...]

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Environemental Assessment Review for All Season Road Proposal to Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced last week that an all-weather road proposal to Wollaston Lake in northern Saskatchewan will undergo a comprehensive environmental assessment review. Wollaston is a frequent starting off point for canoers looking for overland routes to the southern Barrenlands via the Fond du Lac River to Black Lake, and the historic [...]

Norwegian Arctic Expedition Raises Funds for the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute have provided support to the Museum, Library and Polar Archives of the Institute since 1946. In 2006, they sponsored a sled-dog trip to give volunteers an experience of the arctic and to create awareness for the activities of the Research Institute on climate change, remote sensing, circumpolar [...]

Featured Interactive Media Site: Exploring Antarctica

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

I’m always on the look out for new media that highlights the creativity and potential of the internet. The Washington Post has authored an impressive interactive media site on the living laboratory of Antarctica: “Exploring Antarctica.” The site features videos and photos from the McMurdo Dry Valleys and Mt. Erebus, narrative journals from scientists and [...]

Traditional Canoeing Skills Featured on Terra

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Terra is an on-line film collective and video podcasting site that features stories on science and the natural world for educators, students and fans. They have an extensive list of over 300 video entries on a diverse range of topics: indigenous resource issues, biodiversity, marine ecology, environmental activism, and more. Episode 317, “Up a Creek,” [...]

New Totem Pole Finds Home in Chicago Field Museum

Friday, April 6th, 2007

A new totem pole at the Chicago Field Museum draws on historical connections both near and far. The work is a collaboration of master Chilkoot-Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson and family, and is presented to the Field Museum as a gift of the Cape Fox Corporation and the Tlingit community of Saxman, Alaska. In 2001, the [...]

Dartmouth College Features Two Exhibits on Climate Change and Inuit Traditions

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

The first exhibit, “Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment” (January 27 – May 13, 2007) highlights Dartmouth College’s long involvement in Arctic Studies and features 19th and 20th century Inuit art and artifacts from the museum’s collection. “With the understanding that the Arctic environment is undergoing rapid transformation from climate change and the [...]

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