An Arctic Community Is in Danger of Running Out of Fresh Water

By Lisa Cumming

Iqaluit is a booming Arctic city.

 

Iqaluit, the capital of the northern territory of Nunavut, has the fastest-growing population in Canada's Arctic. Yet the community of 7,000 is in danger of running out of fresh water, despite the city's efforts to find a secondary water source, according to a new study published today in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Lead author Andrew Scott Medeiros, a geography professor at York University in Toronto, once lived in Iqaluit, and is an expert in fresh water and the Arctic. "When I went to walk outside with my dog, the rivers and streams were dry," he said in a phone interview with Motherboard.

Blight or Blessing? How the Wolverine Embodies Arctic Diversity

By Glen Jeffries

 In northern Norway, wolverines largely subsist off the region’s semi-domesticated reindeer herds. That has prompted the government to institute annual culls – but such elusive beasts are proving difficult to hunt, and a backlash from environmentalists is growing, too.

 

THE FIRST WRITTEN account of domesticated reindeer herding originates from around the year 800 AD in what is now Arctic Norway. And for the indigenous Saami people of this region, reindeer husbandry remains to this day integral to their culture and identity.

Arctic pack ice off Newfoundland eases, freeing three trapped vessels

Arctic pack ice that besieged Newfoundland's northeastern coast is showing signs of easing as three fishing boats stuck in thick ice floes returned safely to shore Thursday.

Trevor Hodgson, the Canadian Coast Guard's superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic region, said the vessels trapped for days off La Scie, N.L., made it back without the assistance of an icebreaker.

"They actually made it back in under their own power this morning and they're all clear and safe," he said, noting that the crews likely found a pathway through the ice back to shore. "It could be that they just got a lucky break."

Hodgson said conditions are expected to improve in the coming days as southerly winds push the dense Arctic ice offshore.

"We've got some southerly winds predicted to start today and go into Saturday, which should help push that ice pack out to sea a little bit to spread out," he said. "We're hoping it's going to not be one giant ice pack but some smaller ice packs that will help it start melting."

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