Erling Friis-Baastad

Old Crow Basin holds the clues to ice age mysteries

Grant Zazula first stepped out of an aircraft and into the Old Crow Basin in 1999 as a 22-year-old graduate student from Edmonton.

Scientists help politicians avoid Far North free for all

It appears that no news day is complete without some mention of drastic changes in the circumpolar world. The summer ice pack is retreating further north.

Adapting to Yukon’s changing climate: polargrass gains, hairy braya loses out

In the northern reaches of the Arctic, where the Beaufort Sea licks the sandy outcrop of land on Cape Bathurst peninsula in N.W.T., there’s a small population of flowering plants that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Wildfires are essential to the health of a boreal forest

Scientists of the International Boreal Conservation Campaign have identified Canada's boreal forest "as the largest intact forest and wetland ecosystem remaining on earth.

Bones tell a horse story from the Yukon steppes

Early this summer, the Dawson gold fields broke into international news yet again. This time, 115 years after the original Klondike stampede, it was bones, not gold, that drew the world's attention to Canada's far northwest.

Mount Sima: A realistic and equitable solution

I would like to point out that this letter is a personal reflection on the Mount Sima situation and in no way represents the opinion of council.

Scientists follow Wolf Creek into the future

When Tyler Williams was considering careers, he knew that whatever he decided upon would have to be "impactful.” As there are few natural forces with more impact on our planet than water...

Hazard mapping helps communities handle climate change

For Yukoners, climate change brings a special concern: the ground under our feet shifts as permafrost thaws. This causes highways to heave, land to settle and buildings to buckle.

On a mission for fairness

I'm writing in response to the recent editorial and column that mentioned me in respect to changing our electoral system. I want to offer my thoughts on our current system and how we can improve it.

Models of the past guide us into the future

"We have a sort of complex relationship with development," says Yukon archeologist Ruth Gotthardt. Before the D-9 Cats, front-end loaders and draglines start clanking on a project, archeologists must survey the targeted areas.

A credit card superpower

Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund released its latest World Economic Outlook, in which it downgraded its predictions for growth in the Canadian economy.

Government’s wildlife viewing program helps curious humans make good choices

Imagine you are a trumpeter swan that has just flown all the way from its wintering grounds in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia to a rest and refreshment stop near Swan Haven at McClintock Bay in Marsh Lake.

New play portrays injustice and misunderstanding

On May 10, 1898, two prospectors, Christian Fox and William Meehan, were shot on the McClintock River, a tributary of Marsh Lake. Meehan was killed outright and Fox was seriously wounded.

reimagining our democracy

A democratic minidrama takes place whenever a ballot box is emptied onto the counting table during one of our elections.

Canada China free trade: too bad to be true

Once in a while, a story comes along that just seems too bad to be true.

thanks for the act of giving

The clatter of dishes placed three across down the stainless steel table top preceded the next step. Working along one side Elizabeth put two slices of cheddar cheese on each plate while I placed a halved sandwich of buttered bread across from them.

j.j. van bibber straddled eras in the yukon bush

"Seems like I only remember the stories I have pictures from," said J.J. Van Bibber of Dawson City.

Boreal researchers tap into local knowledge

The old adage "the only constant is change" is especially true of the boreal forest. So constant is change there, in fact, that environmental scientists have gratefully turned to "local knowledge," the experiences of those who live off the land, in an attempt to keep up.

fox hypothesis pounced on wrong conclusion

Erling Friis-Baastad The Canadian North has been undergoing a rapid warming trend since the early 1970s.

the good news bad news for northern birds

Biologist Cameron Eckert often receives emails with the subject line, "What kind of bird is this?" They are accompanied by photographs of some amazing new visitors to the North.