Canada’s science minister in North to observe climate change

Kirsty Duncan is Canada’s science minister. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP File)
Canada’s science minister Kirsty Duncan is in the Arctic this week to visit climate change scientists.

Duncan’s trip began on July 17 and ends on July 21.

During her time in the North, Minister Duncan will observe impacts of climate change and “advance her support for northern research programs […] that provide the evidence necessary to inform policy decisions about fragile northern environments and ecosystems”, a news release said.

That’s different

This is a dramatic change from the previous Canadian government which was viewed internationally as a “climate laggard“, and which cut funding for scientific research.

Minister Duncan also wants to “encourage the use of Indigenous knowledge in research programs because diversity and equity in science benefits all people”, the news release said.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic nations sign scientific cooperation agreement, Radio Canada International

Finland: U.S. pullout from Paris climate pact condemned by Finnish leaders, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland earthquake and tsunami – hazards of melting ice?, blog by Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Norway: As Arctic weather dramatically changes, world meteorologists take on more joint forecasting, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russia makes big cuts in Arctic spending, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s climate minister : U.S. withdrawal from Paris sends a bad signal, Radio Sweden

United States: Trump’s alternative reality? No warming, cool oceans, intact coral, blog by Irene Quaile

Lynn Desjardins, Radio Canada International

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Lynn has dedicated her working life to journalism. After decades in the field, she still believes journalism to be a pillar of democracy and she remains committed to telling stories she believes are important or interesting. Lynn loves Canada and embraces all seasons: skiing, skating, and sledding in winter, hiking, swimming and playing tennis in summer and running all the time. She is a voracious consumer of Canadian literature, public radio programs and classical music. Family and friends are most important. Good and unusual foods are fun. She travels when possible and enjoys the wilderness.

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