Seen Around Town: Rising seas flooding Kits Beach

My hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, unceded Coast Salish territory, is one of the 20 coastal cities at greatest risk from carbon-fueled sea level rise over the coming years and decades.

I snapped the above photo this morning down at Kits Beach where the waves were overwhelming the sea walls and washing away the sand from the beach. A ‘king tide’ and big winds today, but certainly a preview of things to come.

CBC reported last year that:

Coastal flooding caused by global warming could cost the global economy $1 trillion a year in coming decades and Vancouver is one of the cities most at risk for losses, says a new study.

The article, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Climate Change, is part of an ongoing project by the Organization for Economic Co-operation.

"This work shows that flood risk is rising in coastal cities globally due to a range of factors, including sea-level rise," Robert Nicholls, a professor of coastal engineering at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and co-author of the study, said in a news release.

"Hence, there is a pressing need to start planning how to manage flood risk now."

Nicholls told CBC News that Vancouver is on the list of vulnerable cities because of its large population living along the coastal flood plain.

"Historically your city has grown on a delta, and those areas tend to be naturally flood-prone," says Nicholls.

"Our study raises the flag that it would be wise for Vancouver to look carefully at this issue if it hasn’t been looked at already and to start thinking about appropriateness of current responses and whether you need to do more."

Check out the rest of the article here.

Related:

Arctic Gryphon (Gryphus Arcticus) 

snowy owl/Arctic hare 

One of the smaller species of gryphon, this creature is known for its silent flight and considerable speed. Coupled with its ability to blend into its snowy envrionment the Artctic Gryphon has earned its reputation as a capable predator feeding on  smaller birds and species of rodent, most notably lemmings. 

The Arctic environment is a harsh one and much of the fauna is in competition for food and shelter. Larger animals will often mistake the Arctic Gryphon for a mere owl and are met with the tenacious, vicious nature attributed to gryphons, especially when threatened. Many naturalists have often used the maimed carcasses of arctic fauna to find nesting spots for the Arctic Gryphon. Humans clever enough to keep their distance need not worry about attack or injury from an Arctic Gryphon. As such, this species has one of the lowest instances of human attack. 

Halcyon Braithwaite, “Remote Gryphons.” Gryphus Compendia

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My motivation for creating this type of gryphon was twofold. I wanted to include an owl gryphon, and I wanted something I could use as a Christmas card. You will notice that so far in my series much of the background vegetation has been reduced to linework and the whisp of rosehips included here have been colored. I felt that given the fact that the Arctic Gryphon would be predominately white I would need a splash of color in the print, and the red and green would add to the overall holiday feel to it. I also chose 25 as the plate number to correspond with Christmas day. 

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Photographer finds radiance in wildlife of Arctic tundra
A snowy tundra might seem harsh and desolate, but when you glimpse the photography of Ivan Kislov, you’ll quickly realize how the Arctic teems with wildlife.
 
Working as a mining engineer in the remote Chukotka region of Russia, Kislov uses photography as a way to relax on breaks. He’s become especially fond of photographing foxes, animals that are naturally curious and have no qualms about getting up-close and personal with a camera shutter.

See more photos.