Farming in the Arctic: It Can Be Done

In Modern Farmer (by Justin Nobel on October 18, 2013)

On a misty fjord in Greenland, just miles from the planet’s second largest body of ice, Sten Pedersen is growing strawberries. Yellowknife, a Canadian city 320 miles below the Arctic Circle, hosted a farmers market this summer. And a greenhouse in Iqaluit, the capital of the vast Canadian Inuit territory of Nunavut, is producing spinach, kale, peppers and tomatoes. The frozen tundra of the Arctic is experiencing something of an agriculture boom.

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Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants

Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine, and Robert Socolow of Princeton (best known for his work dividing the climate challenge into carbon “wedges”) have written “Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions,” a valuable new paper in Environmental Research Letters showing the value of shifting from tracking annual emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants to weighing the full amount of carbon dioxide that such plants, burning coal or gas, could emit during their time in service.

A coal-fired power plant at night on the outskirts of Datong, Shanxi Province.Credit Jason Lee/Reuters

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Places to visit before they vanish because of climate change

Climate change is destroying everything around us, including where we can go to holiday. Some of the world’s most stunning destinations will soon disappear as a result of environmental changes.

The South Asian island country Maldives is the world’s most low-lying country, and it faces such a grave threat from rising sea levels that its government has purchased land in other countries for citizens.

Among other places that are predicted to disappear within the next 50 years is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Dead Sea, the Swiss Alps and Montana’s famous Glacier National Park.

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Science

… These are all just predictions, we can’t know the precise details of what will happen as the climate changes. However we also can’t know the precise details of what would happen if we released 200 angry gibbons into an air traffic control tower. But we do know enough to know that it’s probably not a good idea…

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Climate Change, Chaos, and The Little Ice Age - Crash Course World History 206

In which John Green teaches you about the Little Ice Age. The Little Ice Age was a period of global cooling that occurred from the 13th to the 19th centuries. This cooling was likely caused by a number of factors, including unusual solar activity and volcanic eruptions. The Little Ice Age greatly impacted human social orders, especially during the 17th century. When the climate changed, and weather became unpredictable, the world changed profoundly. Poor harvests led to hunger, which led to even less productivity, which even resulted in violent upheaval in a lot of places. All this from a little change in the temperature? Definitely.


RETHINK, Contemporary Art and Climate Change

As the world descended upon Copenhagen for the beginning of the two week United Nations COP15 climate change conference in 2009, RETHINK offered a different perspective on events with it’s award winning art exhibition showcasing at three of Copenhagen’s finest exhibition houses, the National Gallery of Denmark, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art and Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center. 26 trendsetting Nordic and international artists display their environmentally themed work, delivering an altogether alternative look at what climate change means to the world and us as the affected party. Unique, visionary and refreshing… let’s hope the world’s heads of state can be as influential in the coming days.

Bright Ugochukwo Eke (NG)
Glass, Acid Rain, 2008
Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Den Frie Udstillingsbygning