Highlights / nature

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Putting a dollar value on wetlands

Scientists and environmentalists have long known that wetlands (marshes, bogs) mitigate climate extremes. They absorb water  when there’s excess rain, and retain and release water when there’s drought.  Wetlands are something like a weather “shock absorber”. Knowing that however hasn’t »

Arts and Entertainment, Economy, Environment, International, Society

Movement to end “elephant rides” and animal abuse

An international animal welfare group is once again pushing to end the practice of elephant rides and shows for tourists. The World Animal Protection society says there are currently about 3,000 elephants in Asia used as tourist attractions whether for »

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

New assessment of the population health/status of thousands of species in Canada

The newest comprehensive report on the state of species in Canada has just been released by NatureServe Canada.  The report looked at almost 5,500 species of land and marine mammals, birds, fish, insects, and plants and assessed their population health. »

Environment, Society

Museum invites kids on spring break to see reptiles

Many children in Canada have a week off school in March, others in February, and parents look for interesting activities for them. The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa suggests they come take part in interactive shows featuring reptiles. The »

Environment, Politics, Society

Cities urged to take natural assets into account

A multi-stakeholder initiative is helping Canadian municipalities pay attention to the services that are provided by nature and, where possible, use or upgrade them instead of building expensive infrastructure. Brooks and rivers are some of the useful, natural assets being »


Ken Dalgarno-artist inspired by nature in Saskatchewan

There is certainly no lack of fantastic subjects in Canada for artists. Mostly however nature artists have focussed on Ontario’s often wild northern forests and lakes, and on the magnificence of our Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and the Rocky mountains. »

Environment, Indigenous, Society

Rebroadcast: Nunavut allows limited caribou harvest after Baffin Island moratorium

Caribou are an important food source for Inuit on Baffin Island in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut.  But declining populations led to a moratorium on hunting the animals  in December. This week however, the government lifted the moratorium, allowing »

Economy, Environment, International

Bumble Bee decline: study shows climate change as a main factor

Much has been made of farm use of insecticides, particularly the family of neonicotinoids, as a significant cause in the decline of honey bees.   Experts have long said this is most certainly also a factor in decline of wild bees, »


Calgary woodpeckers lovely, but becoming pests

Damage in the thousands of dollars It seems some woodpeckers in the western city of Calgary Alberta have developed a bad habit. A retirement community on the outskirts of the city is being targetted by woodpeckers who are drilling into »

Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Politics, energy & climate: Week in review 1/9/15

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from across the North   On this week’s news round-up, we bring you some of your most read stories on Eye on the Arctic this week. Opinion and analysis overwhelmingly caught our readers’s »