Society & Culture
Study shows profound changes to fishing, water by communities.
Brenda Parlee knew she would get credible, firsthand information by asking Indigenous people throughout Canada’s north to explain how the rivers and lakes in their communities are changing—what surprised her was what they said.
“We anticipated that there would be only a few observations, or that climate change would manifest itself differently by latitude or region,” said Parlee, the lead researcher of a study in which 12 communities in the Mackenzie River Basin documented and shared knowledge of how their aquatic ecosystems are changing.
“Instead, all the projects included similar observations of climatic effects, independent of one another, and that was unexpected.”
The changes widely reported by the people living across the basin include decreased water levels and water flows, drying conditions, warming water temperat...Read more from this release