Are the northern lights caused by ‘particles from the Sun’? Not exactly

Are the northern lights caused by ‘particles from the Sun’? Not exactly

What a spectacle a big aurora is, its shimmering curtains and colorful rays of light illuminating a dark sky. Many people refer to aurora...
Is Santa’s sleigh zero carbon? The answer lies in reindeer poo

Is Santa’s sleigh zero carbon? The answer lies in reindeer poo

Santa’s sleigh is famously pulled by eight reindeer, nine if you include the luminous Rudolf who pitches in when it’s foggy. The classic eight...
The 2021 Arctic Report Card reveals a (human) story of cascading disruptions, extreme events and global connections

The 2021 Arctic Report Card reveals a (human) story of cascading...

The Arctic has long been portrayed as a distant end-of-the-Earth place, disconnected from everyday common experience. But as the planet rapidly warms, what happens...
Spotty data and media bias delay justice for missing and murdered Indigenous people

Spotty data and media bias delay justice for missing and murdered...

No one knows just how many Indigenous girls or women go missing in the United States each year. There are estimates. In 2019, 8,162 Indigenous...
Diamond mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories are not a girl’s best friend

Diamond mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories are not a girl’s best friend

Almost three years ago, Canada's National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report and among its findings,...
Russia’s climate goals and science are also casualties of Putin’s war in Ukraine

Russia’s climate goals and science are also casualties of Putin’s war in...

As the European Union moves closer to an embargo deal on Russian oil, there is much talk about the impact of war-related sanctions on...
Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a...

U.S. startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of...
2 NASA scientists explain what’s driving overall Arctic sea ice decline

2 NASA scientists explain what’s driving overall Arctic sea ice decline

September marks the end of the summer sea ice melt season and the Arctic sea ice minimum, when sea ice over the Northern Hemisphere...
The Arctic Council has weathered 25 years of bumpy Russia-Western relations – but can it adapt to climate change?

The Arctic Council has weathered 25 years of bumpy Russia-Western relations...

For generations, the Arctic has captured our imaginations as a region of contradictions. It is simultaneously a frozen wilderness, home to Indigenous peoples, a...
What does it mean to be ‘true north strong and free?’ Canada’s elusive northern identity

What does it mean to be ‘true north strong and free?’...

From the national anthem to the Toronto Raptors (#WeTheNorth), Canada is frequently framed as a northern country, its citizens a northern people. But what...