A River Runs above Us – Hakai Magazine

Atmospheric rivers occur all over the world in this global view from February, 2017. Illustration courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio - Lead Animator: Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC), VIRRS Suomi NPP natural color image courtesy of NASA/Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen)

In mid-November 2021, a great storm begins brewing in the central Pacific Ocean north of Hawai‘i. Especially warm water, heated by the sun, steams off the sea surface and funnels into the sky.

A tendril of this floating moisture sweeps eastward across the ocean. It rides the winds for a day until it reaches the coasts of British Columbia and Washington State. There, the storm hits air turbulence, which pushes it into position—straight over British Columbia’s Fraser River valley….

Managed Retreat? Please, Not Yet – Hakai Magazine

Screenshot from Reuter's video "Stay or Flee? Fijians forced to abandon disappearing homes" via Youtube.

Salt water is already seeping through gardens, under homes, and among the headstones on Serua Island, Fiji. As climate change rolls on, and as the sea level continues to rise, this low-lying island off the southern coast of Viti Levu, one of the country’s two largest islands, seems like an obvious candidate for relocation efforts—and its inhabitants the latest face of climate refugees. Fiji’s national government has offered its support to help the island’s 100 or so inhabitants move. Yet almost all are choosing to stay put…

Twelve New Kids’ Beach Reads to Inspire Action and Adventure – Hakai Institute

Illustration from Dear Polar Bear by Gabrielle Prendergast, Illustrations by Marcus Cutler, courtesy of Orca Book Publishers.

Young readers can become archaeologists, seaweed harvesters, and Arctic explorers, all through the pages of books.

One of the best antidotes to climate anxiety is climate action, and there are plenty of places to look for inspiration—including within the pages of several of this season’s new kids’ beach reads. If the tournament’s a go, I’ll be bringing them with me for the ride…

The Atlantification of the Arctic Ocean Is Underway – Hakai Magazine

Illustration of capelin (Mallotus villosus) public domain, via University of Washington's Digital Collection.

In the Fram Strait off Greenland’s west coast, Véronique Merten encountered the foot soldiers of an invasion.

Merten was studying the region’s biodiversity using environmental DNA, a method that allows scientists to figure out which species are living nearby by sampling the tiny pieces of genetic material they shed, like scales, skin, and poop. And here, in a stretch of the Arctic Ocean 400 kilometers north of where they’d ever been seen before: capelin.

And they were everywhere…