Satellite data has confirmed that the amount of freshwater released into the Gulf of Alaska from streams and rivers in Alaska and northern Canada is about 1.5 times what the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico each year.
In John McPhee's sharp and heedful book, The Control of Nature, he chronicles attempts by Man to wrestle down disruptive Nature.
We are on a bus, which is carrying us to a port, where we will load up a ship. Nothing unusual about that. Nothing strange, except for our fat wool hats, our puffy penguin-y parkas, our knee-high insulated boots. Nothing weird but where we are: Punta Arenas at the southernmost tip of Chile. And where we are going: to the isolated, ice-walled bottom of the world.
There is a particular moment in the mountains, when the clouds part and mysterious summits are revealed, that I find especially appealing. Often, muted gray skies and low clouds obscure the world above, leaving steep ridges disappearing into an atmospheric abyss.
I don't know if you are aware of this, but we penguins have our pride. In my case, I'm no run-of-the-mill bird. I'm a King penguin, in fact--bred fo...
We're currently in the Falkland Islands and will be departing for South Georgia Island this evening. We're taking this opportunity to finish building the camera systems prior to the crossing.
A true adventure involves surprises, and sometimes they are more beautiful -- and alive -- than you could have imagined. For example, Ellesmere Island.
Until two weeks ago, I couldn't even pronounce the names of the cities, and now they are deeply engraved in my memory. Greenland is one of those so close, yet so far destinations that make you feel small, insignificant and detached from rest of the world.
At the entrance of the trail where it became forest, were beautiful, almost luminous red flowers -- I don't remember what kind. It seemed as if they were either welcoming us or warning us. Once you enter the forest, you begin a steep climb to the top.
The central Transantarctic Mountains are a polar fastness of superlatives.
If we don't see climate change in front of us -- in heat waves, wildfires, droughts, or air pollution -- it's dangerously easy to brush it off as something to deal with another day, another year, another generation.
As far as amazing places go, there's truly no place like home. After all, why fret about exorbitant airfare to far-flung locales when you can experience some of the world's most stunning sights right here in North America?
It is unlikely this single body of work, as informationally rich and shrewdly framed as it is, will prompt much of a change in public opinion, at least not enough, fast enough, to give leaders the public mandate that would make action politically easier.
The planet is warming; the question is how much we will be able to mitigate the consequences of this fact. Fighting to keep fossil fuels undrilled and working for large landscape conservation seem like good places to start.
It prides itself on being the world's most northerly city, albeit with only about 2,000 residents; it's way beyond the Arctic Circle, just 813 miles f...
Whether a cheap cruise or an expensive fishing trip, if you want to have your hand held -- or if you just feel like blowing a bunch of cash -- operators are standing by. It doesn't have to be like that, though.