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endangered North Atlantic right whale

A North Atlantic right whale and her calf photographed on Feb. 13, 2005. (Photo: NOAA, CC BY)

Photo: NOAA, CC BY
Only about 400 North Atlantic right whales remain in the wild
Grizzly bear feeding on salmon in Chilko River

A male grizzly bear feeds on sockeye salmon in B.C.’s Chilko River. Freshwater ecosystems in Canada and around the world are vulnerable to the effects of dams, pollution and invasive species, among other threats. (Photo: Jenny Stevens/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Jenny Stevens/Can Geo Photo Club
New scientific paper lays out six actions to help freshwater ecosystems recover from decades of pollution and species loss
arctic seaduck

A camouflaged eider hen guards her nest. (Photo: Petteri Sulonen CCBY2.0)

Photo: Petteri Sulonen CCBY2.0
As polar bears move inland earlier across parts of the Arctic, they're geting a taste for eider eggs 
arctic ship traffic

In this map (left), dark green represents the recommended shipping route, with light blue representing low-impact shipping lanes. The pink outlined near northern Coats Island (right), shows where the report recommends installing ship-monitoring camera systems. (Maps: Governing Marine Transportation in the Canadian Arctic/University of Ottawa)

Governing Marine Transportation in the Canadian Arctic/University of Ottawa
Changes were recommended for environmental and community benefits, ship safety
ocean novel laura trethewey

The Imperilled Ocean, a new novel from ocean journalist Laura Trethewey, published by Goose Lane Editions.

Goose Lane Editions
High-stakes stories that explore Earth’s last wild frontier
woodland caribou

Mountain caribou are a critically endangered subspecies of woodland caribou. Some herds in the southern Rockies number fewer than 15 animals. (Photo: Iain Reid/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Iain Reid/Can Geo Photo Club
30-year deal took two years to finalize
sea star disease the blob

In 2013, an outbreak of sea star wasting disease on the west coast of North America coincided with the appearance of an area of warmer-than-normal water in the Pacific Ocean that scientists dubbed "The Blob."

Acidification, disruptions to food webs among the biggest concerns for ocean scientists
scientist in lab coat looking at microscope slide

Madelaine Bourdages inspects seal stomach contents under a microscope. (Photo: Jennifer Provencher)

Photo: Jennifer Provencher
No microplastics found in 142 examined seals
Newfoundland, Leach’s storm-petrels, climate change

Leach’s storm-petrel populations have experienced significant fluctuations over the last two millennia. Canadian researchers are looking at what this can tell us about long-term environmental shifts and human-influenced climate change. (Photo: iStock/Pete Morris)

Photo: iStock/Pete Morris
The study of the province’s largest Leach’s storm-petrel colony could also help answer questions about modern climate change
Ice disc South Thompson River 2020

A large, slowly spinning disc of ice appeared in the South Thompson River near Kamloops, B.C. this week, attracting attention from locals and scientists. (Photo: Ivan Petrov)

Photo: Ivan Petrov
The 40-metre-wide disc formed from a perfect combination of weather and fluid dynamics 
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