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Whales in ice-free Arctic face emerging threat from vessels

May 3, 2018 - Media release

UVic marine biologist Lauren McWhinnie is lead author in a new study which warns that vessel disturbance could very likely impact the social behaviours, distribution and long-term survival of marine mammals in the Arctic. They rely on a quiet environment to communicate and forage; but Arctic sea ice is shrinking and therefore shipping traffic is increasing.

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Knowledge: extreme thinking

June 24, 2016 - The Ring

Science is closer to linking some weather-related disasters to human-caused climate change. This spring, a US National Academy of Sciences committee—on which Zwiers served—released a milestone report acknowledging that progress is being made on attributing some extreme events to climate change caused by human activity.

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Ice-road research: listening to locals on Arctic and coastal change

May 11, 2016 - The Ring

Driving on ice roads in the far north is a normal occurrence for geographer and storm expert David Atkinson. In late April, Atkinson and colleagues drove the ice road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, and later flew up even farther to Ulukhaktok and Sachs Harbour (pop. 80 people). His purpose was to interview residents about the impacts of weather (especially storms), as he says, “who knows more about northern weather than the people most affected by it?”

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