Inuit people hit hard by climate change

Unstable ice, difficulties in hunting seals, migration of fish, thawing permafrost… These are some of the problems encountered by the Arctic indigenous people. As they live in a very extreme region, adaptation has been a necessity for years, but the recent acceleration of the ice melting is threatening their culture and very way of life.
Until [...]

The 7 Statements

Here are the final recommendations from the Beyond Kyoto conference:

Climate Policy: All sectors of society must be involved in future climate solutions
Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Biodiversity must be an integrated part of the general mitigation and adaptation effort
Agriculture and Climate Change: We must increase agricultural productivity to use less water and land
Nanotechnology Solutions: Nanotechnology will lead [...]

Arctic habitat being destroyed while it disappears

The habitat of polar bears and other arctic wildlife is already disappearing due to climate change. The remaining habitat could soon be actively destroyed by arctic oil drilling, said Jesper Madsen of the National Environment Research Institute at Aarhus University on Friday.
In the continuing drama of climate change, arctic wildlife is set to be kicked [...]

Fishing industry set for risky expansion into unfrozen Arctic

Life in the Arctic is changing dramatically, as the ice sheet melts due to climate change. Estimates predict that as early as 2040, polar bears could be out of ice to roam on during the summer. This is bad news for most, but for the fishing industry in the region it opens up new business [...]

Northern Siberians struggle with global warming

While they were once used to clear skies, the Viliui Sakha people from Siberia now have to hunt in heavy snows in winter and across boggy land in the rainy summers.
For the Viliui Sakha global warming is not a problem discussed at climate conferences, but a daily life struggle for a community built on [...]

A blanket for Greenland glaciers

A giant blanket that will cover a total surface of 10,000 square meters is the newest weapon in the fight against melting glaciers in Greenland.
Researchers from Ohio State University in the United States will place the blanket over a glacier 90km east of the town of Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland.
Project leader Jason [...]

International Polar Year ends

Research  shows  “unprecedented rate of sea-ice drift”
Observation of the polar regions came to a close last week for the 2007-2008 International Polar Year. The World Meteorological Organization in Geneva issued an introductory report, “The State of Polar Research”, confirming a considerable decline of snow and ice in both Polar Regions. “We have enough to say [...]

Fast Facts: The melting ice caps

The Arctic ice cap and the Greenland ice sheet is rapidly melting, exceeding many scientists’ worst expectations and causing global sea levels to rise. But exactly how fast is it going?
- From 1979 to 2007, the sea ice in the Arctic has melted about 10 % per decade, reaching the lowest extent each September.
- In [...]

A brief intro - arctics

This theme will look at the consequences of climatic changes in a particular geographical region: the Arctic. In this region of extremes, dramatic changes are already visible. Many scientists have recently warned that the Arctic sea-ice is melting far faster than predicted, with an acceleration defying any scientist’s model.
The sessions will explore the faraway, but [...]

The “Daily News - Beyond Kyoto” team

Name - University - Country
Alex (Alexander) Skorochid      - -      Ryerson (CA)      - -      Canada
Andrew King      - -      Concordia (ca) University      - -      Canada
Anne Shifley      - -      Missouri       - -      USA
Anne-Meike van den Berg      - -      Utrecht      - -     [...]

It’s all about people

Yes, you may think we write about a conference, and about the frightening effects of climate changes.
But journalism is about people.
So what we actually do - is writing about people!