The 2016 Canadian Ice Roads Season is running unseasonably late. It seems that the diamond industry is the latest victim in a string of ecological disasters due to the effects of global warming. The Canadian Ice Road is a highway built upon frozen lakes and tundra. The ice which forms the foundation for the highway freezes and thaws in and out of existence each year. You might be familiar with it if you’ve ever watched an episode of Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel.
The Canadian Ice Road was first created in 1982. It serves as a lifeline to mining operations in Canada’s Northwest Territories (CNT). The majority of these mining operations are located in remote regions of the CNT, which would otherwise only be accessible by aircraft. Obviously it is more practical to transport heavy mining equipment and supplies by ground transportation, thus the ice road is vital to Canadian mining operations. This photograph of the Canadian Ice Road extending over a portion of Lockhart Lake in Winter is provided courtesy of the Rio Tinto Mining Group, Diavik Diamond Mine, which I’m sure is going to be affected by the late season. Arguably there might be an upside to the Canadian Ice Road forming late this year in the forum of more hospitable working conditions for the mine workers. But there is something bigger to contemplate: What can we do about global warming?
I try to do my part as an individual. I work from home and try to be responsible about my use of water and energy. While I’m a big fan of coffee, I tend to make it at home and take it with me in a reusable to-go cup. I walk or ride my bicycle most places around town. I provide my own washable, reusable to-go containers when ordering take-out food from restaurants (that always seems to blow their minds). But every day there is more and more evidence that we are losing the race against global warming. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then global warming might be her biggest enemy.
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Photo Credit: Rio Tinto Diavik Diamond Mine.