A Canadian ranger making a patrol on Ellesmere Island, part of the country's existing Arctic territories. Photograph: Jess Mcintosh/AP

A Canadian ranger making a patrol on Ellesmere Island, part of the country's existing Arctic territories. Photograph: Jess Mcintosh/AP

At the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, just 817 kilometres from the North Pole, you'll find the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world: Alert, Nunavut.The warmest month, July, has a balmy average temperature of 3.4 C (38.1 F).

At the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, just 817 kilometres from the North Pole, you'll find the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world: Alert, Nunavut.The warmest month, July, has a balmy average temperature of 3.4 C (38.1 F).

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Black and white office

Create animal track stamps when working on a unit about local wildlife

Create animal track stamps when working on a unit about local wildlife

IMF Pegs Canada's Fossil Fuel Subsidies at $34 Billion In such giveaways we're a world leader, a fact rarely noted when federal budgets are debated.

IMF Pegs Canada's Fossil Fuel Subsidies at $34 Billion In such giveaways we're a world leader, a fact rarely noted when federal budgets are debated.

Permafrost melt is accelerating as climatologists have predicted. However, there is yet no sign of a truly catastrophic release of methane.

Permafrost melt is accelerating as climatologists have predicted. However, there is yet no sign of a truly catastrophic release of methane.

Iron in melting glaciers spurs phytoplankton growth

Iron in melting glaciers spurs phytoplankton growth

Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF - David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF-UK said: "The scale of the destruction highlighted in this report should be a wake-up call for us all. But 2015 – when the countries of the world are due to come together to agree on a new global climate agreement, as well as a set of sustainable development goals – presents us with a unique opportunity to reverse the trends."

Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF - David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF-UK said: "The scale of the destruction highlighted in this report should be a wake-up call for us all. But 2015 – when the countries of the world are due to come together to agree on a new global climate agreement, as well as a set of sustainable development goals – presents us with a unique opportunity to reverse the trends."

The contamination was revealed just one week after regulatory responsibility for the controversial tar sands was handed over to a fossil-fuel funded corporation.

The contamination was revealed just one week after regulatory responsibility for the controversial tar sands was handed over to a fossil-fuel funded corporation.

Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Chair and retired Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, will be speaking at a symposium in Banff on October 3 called "In Deep: A Conversation About Water", which will explore global perspectives on water, as well as specific concerns of the Rocky Mountains and the Columbia River Basin.

Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Chair and retired Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, will be speaking at a symposium in Banff on October 3 called "In Deep: A Conversation About Water", which will explore global perspectives on water, as well as specific concerns of the Rocky Mountains and the Columbia River Basin.

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