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The power we have to renew a world in peril

In an exclusive excperpt from his new book Commanding Hope, Thomas Homer-Dixon highlights four key stresses that inhibit society's collective sense of a promising future for our planet

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A portrait of Jane Goodall

Environment

Q&A: Watch Jane Goodall discuss her groundbreaking work

The pioneering primatologist talks about her time with chimpanzees, what inspired her to become an activist and what individuals can do to help the planet

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A bright iridescent orange-and-blue coloured sea slug (nudibranch) is laying eggs on top of a sea sponge

Wildlife

What is a nudibranch? Meet the “high fashion models” of the ocean depths

The naked truth about nudibranchs, in British Columbia and beyond

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Polar bear and cub on green tundra

Wildlife

Previously stable population of polar bears now in decline, study finds

The number of polar bears living around southern Hudson Bay has dropped by nearly a fifth since 2011

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A polar bear wades in the Arctic as snow falls

Wildlife

Canada must step up action to conserve polar bears: report

New report from the WWF calls for increased international cooperation on polar bear conservation

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Beaver in thin ice

Wildlife

Beavers reported on the Yukon tundra for the first time

Arctic “shrubification” caused by global warming may be drawing herbivores further north

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Science & Tech

Glaciologist Joseph Cook studies microbial ecosystems on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet.

Science & Tech

The “frozen rainforest” within the ice

Glaciologist Joseph Cook on the vibrant life in the Arctic ice sheet

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Wildlife

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Into the wintry kingdom of the Canada lynx

In the boreal forest, where secretive lynx depend on the snowshoe hare to survive, climate change threatens to upset this longstanding predator-prey relationship

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Wildlife

Canadian photojournalist shortlisted for international award for powerful shot of kangaroo and joey

Jo-Anne McArthur’s photo of a kangaroo and joey who survived the 2020 Australian bushfires is up for the 2021 People’s Choice Award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

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Wildlife

New Canadian research confirms polar bears use crosswinds to sniff out their food

Scientists predict a warming climate could increase wind speeds and alter the animal’s ability to hunt

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A researcher holds a Canada warbler that has been fitted with a tiny geolocator

Wildlife

Report calls for international cooperation to protect migratory birds

Organizations would like to see at least 50 per cent of the boreal forest protected from industrial development

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A Fowler's toad

Wildlife

Hibernation habits of Ontario toad hold climate change clues

For the past 140 years, Fowler's toads have been slowly shortening their underground winter hibernation

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Inuit in Canada, U.S. seek greater involvement in climate change decision-making

 Inuit food security and self-governance in a rapidly warming Arctic are at the centre of a new policy paper issued by the Inuit Circumpolar Council

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Exploration

Riding the Transpolar Drift

How the Polarstern icebreaker accomplished the largest polar expedition in history — and what scientists learned 

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Places

The Abbot Pass hut, an iconic mountain refuge, is dismantled — due to climate change

Built by Swiss guides high on the Continental Divide, a storied refuge will be dismantled just months ahead of its 100th birthday, a casualty of our warming planet

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People & Culture

Edward Burtynsky discusses new installation: In the Wake of Progress

Featured in the heart of downtown Toronto, this larger-than-life art installation tells the story of humanity’s impact on the planet 

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Environment

Space invasion: Is it too late to save the Great Lakes?

How a cocktail of invasive species and global change is altering the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem

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Exploration

Hearts in the Ice: Biodiversity and our oceans

Two adventurers have extended their stay in isolation in Svalbard, Norway to continue gathering wildlife observations in the remote Arctic

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Environment

Living in the Anthropocene, the human epoch

Filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky discuss their groundbreaking new work, The Anthropocene Project

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Comfort Maple in Fenwick, Ont., fall colours

Environment

Seven iconic Canadian trees

In a nation of forests, these trees stand head and shoulders above the rest

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First Nations protest fracking on Parliament Hill

Environment

Inside the fight for “green rights” in Canada and around the world

Other countries recognize that a healthy environment is a basic human right. A new documentary argues it’s time Canada did the same.

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Mapping

Mapping Canada’s climate future

The Climate Atlas of Canada shows users what trends to expect in their communities as a result of climate change

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A still image of The Nature Conservancy's animated 'Migrations in Motion' map

Mapping

Stunning map predicts how wildlife will move to adapt to climate change

Researchers say protecting wilderness corridors will be essential to preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change

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Environment and Climate Change minister Catherine McKenna

Environment

Exclusive interview: Catherine McKenna on the science, community and value of parks

The Environment and Climate Change minister shares insights from her recent tour of Labrador's Nunatsiavut region and Torngat Mountains National Park

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Lobster larvae. (Photo: Jesica Waller)

Science & Tech

Lobster larvae show effects of climate change

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People & Culture

Six Canadians receive grants for projects to get youth active in nature

The projects, all led by young women, range in theme from camping to climate change mitigation

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Cape Town cityscape

Environment

What can other cities learn about water shortages from ‘Day Zero?’

Cape Town narrowly avoided ‘Day Zero,’ but that doesn’t mean the city is resilient to future water shortages 

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Jocelyn Joe-Strack, a geographer and scientist from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Environment

Interview: Lessons from Indigenous Peoples on climate change

Jocelyn Joe-Strack, a scientist and geographer from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, is embarking on a tour of Canadian embassies in Europe to share Indigenous perspectives on climate change

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The Trinity Test nuclear bomb fireball

Environment

Anthropocene: Geologists urge global recognition of new, human-influenced epoch

This week, the International Union of Geological Sciences will consider a proposal to add a new epoch to the geologic time scale — one that reflects the impact of human activity on Earth's natural systems

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Demonstrators on Parliament Hill in 2012

Environment

Protest marches planned for Earth Day in defence of science-based policy

In the United States, the Trump administration has signaled its intention to ignore the scientific consensus on climate change, sparking a new protest movement 

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A deer explores a clearcut

Environment

What if we could plant trees as quickly as we cut them down?

Experts say global reforestation is one of our best defences against climate change, so a Toronto-based company is developing drones that can get the job done quickly

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Environment

Endangered spaces and species in Canada’s mountains

Glaciers play a vital role in sculpting the landscape, and their retreat can bring about drastic consequences

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Watermelon snow on Mount Garibaldi

Environment

22 facts and figures from the Alpine Club of Canada’s 2019 State of the Mountains Report

The Alpine Club of Canada covers everything from wildfires to watermelon snow in its recently published annual report on Canada’s alpine environments

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Forest fire started by lightning strike

Environment

Lightning storms predicted to spark more fires in North American boreal forests

Future ignitions may increase carbon emissions and accelerate the boreal forest’s northern expansion 

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Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

Environment

“There’s no coming back from this:” Why the global ocean crisis threatens us all

Ten years after the release of her seminal book Sea Sick, Alanna Mitchell again plumbs the depths of the latest research on the health of the world’s oceans — and comes up gasping

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A mountain half covered in snow

Environment

Why mountains matter in Canada

They sustain us, enrich our lives and inspire us

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Coniferous trees lean at different angles in the snow

Environment

Arctic permafrost is thawing. Here’s what that means for Canada’s North — and the world

Permafrost thaw is widespread, accelerating and irreversible. With it comes visible effects on the ecology, hydrology and landscapes, and communities of the North.

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Caving expedition in Meghalaya

Environment

We’re living in a new geological age

The start of the Meghalayan age 4,200 years ago brought about climatic shifts that toppled empires

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A film still from Anote's Ark by Matthieu Rytz, an official selection of the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Environment

Montreal filmmaker sheds light on Kiribati’s climate change dilemma

New documentary Anote's Ark asks the disturbing question, "What if your country was swallowed by the sea?" 

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Four mountaineers stand on the summit of mount logan, canada

Exploration

All-Canadian team completes successful expedition to the top of Canada

After being postponed a year due to COVID-19, the Mount Logan Ice Expedition made a successful summit of Canada’s highest peak.

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former archaeological site is now inundated at high tide. The rich artifact-bearing soil has been washed away, and with it all the Indigenous pot fragments, stone tools, animal bones, and cultural features. Only a few flakes from making stone tools remained scattered amongst the boulders.

People & Culture

“Burning libraries:” The race to save Canada’s coastal archaeological sites before they’re washed away

As sea level rise and the accelerating pace of coastal erosion threaten cultural heritage around the world, Canada has a lot to lose

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