I live in a “cottage” part of the country and will be performing the opening rituals at my wife’s family’s cottage this weekend. If you’re doing the same, I hope you don’t find any burst pipes, broken windows, signs of overwintering wildlife — a red squirrel pulled out fiberglass insulation from our kitchen range to make a cozy home a couple of years ago — upturned docks or anything else that comes with owning a summer retreat. And if you are among the die-hards who keep the Victoria Day fireworks tradition, I hope your show concludes with the spectacular display of a Burning Schoolhouse.
The New York Times regularly reports on the effects of climate change in Canada’s Arctic region. We have just sent a team of four journalists to Antarctica, where they joined scientists collecting data on the demise of that continent’s ice. I found the resulting multimedia presentation staggering in its impact. While Canada sometimes boasts about its fresh water reserves, 60 percent of the world’s freshwater is in Antarctica’s ice pack. The three-part series, through text and graphics, shows how much of the continent’s ice cover is below sea level, making it particularly vulnerable to collapse as sea temperatures rise.
Read: Antarctic Dispatches
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