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A federal election for the planet

Obvious effects of global warming "terrifying" to research scientists visiting Northwest Passage.

Micheal Byers spoke recently in Vancouver about the tripby Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight

Michael Byers will never forget the day he was travelling through the Northwest Passage and felt the fear of more than three dozen scientists. The expert on Arctic sovereignty was on the CCGS Amundsen, a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, cruising into Bellot Strait at the northernmost tip of the Canadian mainland, more than 71 degrees north of the equator.

It was late October in 2006, normally a time when the strait separating the Boothia Peninsula from Somerset Island would be locked in ice. But as they entered the narrow passage 350 miles north of the Arctic Circle, all that Byers could see was open water.

"This was the first time that I could see climate change with my own eyes," Byers, the federal NDP candidate in Vancouver Centre and a UBC political-science professor, said during a one-hour talk and slide-show presentation at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on September 19.

He claimed that the scientists — who hailed from Canada, France, the United States, and Denmark — were collectively terrified. . .

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  A federal election for the planet, by Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight, September 25, 2008

Posted: September 25, 2008

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