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Mathilde Gordon’s 2,042 kilometre kayak adventure

By Roy L Hales

They paddled almost every day, sometimes more than fifty kilometres a day. The two women were at sea for three months. They started in the icy waters of Glacier Bay, Alaska, meticulously tabulating the impact of single use plastic everywhere they camped. I heard the story of Mathilde Gordon’s 2,042 kilometre kayak adventure during her recent visit to Cortes Island. 

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Methane Is Bubbling Up Through The Waters

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1It has been five years since University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Katey Walter Anthony took us to a frozen lake in Alaska. Yet, in light of study suggesting a similar phenomenon 1/3 of a mile beneath the oceans surface, her research is highly pertinent. Methane is bubbling up through the waters.

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Shell ceased operations in the Arctic

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIn what some are calling a people’s victory and others a case of diminutive financial prospects, Shell is pulling out of the Arctic. They drilled to a total depth of 6800 feet this summer,  but did not find sufficient oil and gas to warrant continuing. Shell ceased operations in the Arctic and “will continue to de-mobilize people and equipment from the Chukchi Sea.”

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Is this Climate Change?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The first seven months of this year were the warmest on record, and last month was the hottest known July. California’s drought has become a West Coast phenomenon, spreading as far north as Alaska. Wildfires are being reported in areas like Washington’s Olympic National Park, where there have been not been fires in living memory. “Rainy” British Columbia’s abnormally dry conditions are expected to continue through this fall and into winter. Trees are stressed and fish populations are failing. Is this Climate Change?

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