Our new school's on song despite cabals

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Mar 5, 2016

Our new school's on song despite cabals

Almost exactly five years ago, on March 11, 2011, an earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami wreaked havoc in the northeastern Tohoku region. Here where I live amid the faraway mountains of Nagano Prefecture, all of us connected with the C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland ...

Deer and boar: from pests to the plate

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Oct 31, 2015

Deer and boar: from pests to the plate

For many years now I have been hammering on about Japan's runaway population of deer and wild boar, and about the huge damage they cause — especially to agriculture, silviculture, forestry and endangered wild plants in national parks. In previous articles for The Japan Times, ...

Sled dogs in an age of climate change

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Oct 3, 2015

Sled dogs in an age of climate change

When I first went to the Canadian Arctic in 1958, sled dogs were a part of life for the indigenous Inuit and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and part of the scenery and the soundscape for everyone in those frigid far-northern reaches. Humans crossed from ...