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Marine protected areas in Canada may not be as protected as we think

Marine protected areas are widely considered to be an effective tool for ocean conservation. But are they living up to their full potential? 

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Three long-finned pilot whales swim in a cerulean blue sea

Environment

Canada announces ban on industrial activities in marine protected areas

Oil and gas extraction, mining, dumping among prohibited activities in ecologically sensitive areas set aside for conservation

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Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area map

Wildlife

What to know about Canada’s newest marine protected area, Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam

Key facts and figures about this remote patch of the Beaufort Sea

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Places

Marine protected areas

Interactive map and personal reflection from author Alanna Mitchell

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Tallurutiup Imanga, Lancaster Sound

Environment

Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound to be Canada’s largest protected area

The final boundary for Canada’s new national marine conservation area in Canada’s North shows an area twice the size of Nova Scotia

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oceans

Minister Wilkinson

Environment

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on the future of Canada’s oceans

The new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard sits down with Canadian Geographic for an exclusive interview on a range of topics, from salmon to whales to ‘last ice’

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British Columbia

Wildlife

Wildlife

Unlocking Ontario’s fishy secret

At least 50 species of fish can be found in the Arctic drainage basin in Ontario

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Environment

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and PJ Akeeagok Victor Bay, Nunavut

Environment

Feds and Inuit governments collaborate on new High Arctic marine protections

Groups agree to plan to conserve the High Arctic Basin, while Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area becomes official

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Environment

Can PEI reach their 7 per cent protected land goal by the end of the year?

Currently only at 4.4 per cent, the province still needs to acquire another 2.6 per cent of land to protect by the end of 2020

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peatlands of the Hudson Bay Lowlands

Environment

Key Biodiversity Areas bring conservation close to home

One of the most complex challenges for nature conservation comes from a simple question: what must we save?

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Environment

Lancaster Sound inches closer to protected status

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mountain ridge snow trees

Environment

New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest

A major research project from the University of Alberta outlines pockets of Canada's boreal forest that may give wildlife more time and space to adjust to a changing climate

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People & Culture

Researchers studying the impact of ship traffic and noise on whales in the eastern Beaufort Sea cruise the Prince of Wales Strait in a  Zodiac

People & Culture

Protecting whales in an ice-free Arctic

As Arctic sea ice vanishes, new measures are needed to protect marine wildlife from increased ship traffic 

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Places

Canada's protected areas

Places

Infographic: Canada’s protected areas

Visualize all of the parks, wildlife areas, forest and marine reserves across Canada to compare how much of each province and territory has been protected

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Mountains, sea ice in Nunavut's Sirmilik National Park

Places

Eight Canadian places that could become UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A look at the fascinating sites Parks Canada has proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation

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Andy McKinnon

Places

Canada’s first national urban park

It’s an ambitious plan: take the traditional Parks Canada wilderness concept and plunk it in the country’s largest city. But can Toronto’s Rouge National Urban Park help balance city life with wildlife?

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A crowd of tourist swarm on a lakeside beach in Banff National Park

Places

Smother Nature: The struggle to protect Banff National Park

In Banff National Park, Alberta, as in protected areas across the country, managers find it difficult to balance the desire of people to experience wilderness with an imperative to conserve it

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Ivvavik National Park landscape

Places

Six sites awaiting UNESCO World Heritage status

Parks Canada wants the public to nominate Canadian places worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status. Here are the six sites still on the waiting list.

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A hazy view over Quebec’s Parc national des Monts-Valin

Environment

When it comes to stream health, land use and protection matter

Streams surrounded by intact forest are better at providing clean water, carbon storage and wildlife habitat

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Wildlife

Wildlife Wednesday: what came first, the polar bear or the grizzly?

Plus, more news from the North: new polar bear population brings hope, Nunavik sentinel discovers new butterfly species, N.W.T. gets a new National Wildlife Area and Canada’s Arctic provides a blueprint for life on Mars.

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The MV Martin Bergmann, floating research base for the marine ecosystem study

Science & Tech

How Arctic scientists are unveiling long-standing marine ecosystem mysteries

Researchers are shedding new light on northern food webs and environments by connecting disciplines and local knowledge — even by using different ships

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Gatineau, Que. tornado Sept. 21, 2018

Science & Tech

Weather watchers encouraged to report tornadoes in Canada this summer

Physical distancing requirements to slow the spread of COVID-19 will make it difficult for researchers to visit suspected tornado sites this year, so the team behind the Northern Tornadoes Project is calling on the public to help 

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Science & Tech

How studying Arctic marine seabirds helps document pollution trends in the North and beyond

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Caribou stands in the snow

Environment

Modelling threats to caribou in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

As interest in Ontario’s mineral-rich Ring of Fire region grows, caribou face threats on multiple fronts. New research could help chart a path to their conservation.

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illustration by Charlene Chua

Wildlife

Inside the mysterious decline of Earth’s insects

Insects are by far the most populous species on the planet, but they seem to be disappearing. Why aren’t more people concerned?

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A cougar sits in a tree

Wildlife

The cat came back: Canada’s cougar comeback

Why Canada’s cougars are on the rise — and what that means for us

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Wildlife

Punctuation’s mark: Can we save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale?

After a series of mass deaths in recent years, what can we do?

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A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut

Wildlife

Caught on camera: Elusive Greenland sharks

Using cameras baited with squid, researchers were able to gather information about these ancient Arctic fish without taking any out of the water 

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American black bear sitting in tree

Environment

Nature Conservancy of Canada continues to expand protected areas

Recent aquisitions in Kenauk and Lake Superior highlight the growing number of protected lands in Canada

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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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2019 Ocean Bridge youth on Lake Superior

Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Talen Rimmer

On the shores of Lake Superior, I found solace in how close our country can become when we all share food together

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Environment

Indigenous Peoples, government come together for marine protection

Two new projects highlight commitments to a more collaborative, coordinated and efficient approach to ocean protection and marine responses to anthropogenic disasters

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History

Throwback Thursday: Canada’s first marine national park

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Environment

Life on mountains in the sea

Two marine biologists offer a glimpse of life at the bottom of the ocean during 2018, 2019 and 2020 seamount expeditions 

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Triangle Island is the westernmost island in the Scotts Island archipelago, which supports the highest concentration of breeding seabirds in the Canadian Pacific.

Travel

Birds of the Scott Islands

Islands off of Vancouver Island with the most diverse seabird colony on the West Coast may soon become a marine national wildlife area

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Wildlife

Environmental commissioner decries logging in Algonquin

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Environment

Crucial Atlantic salmon habitat in New Brunswick now protected

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A  carpet  of  orange  zoanthids,  red  coralline  encrusting  algae  (shallow  enough  for  algae),  Stylaster  sp.hydrocorals, and  encrusting  demosponges.

Wildlife

Off B.C. coast, scientists discover extinct volcanoes teeming with life

Expedition team calls for permanent protection of undersea mountain range

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Wildlife

The erosion of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act threatens iconic Algonquin wolf

Algonquin wolves face an uncertain future primarily because they can be legally shot and trapped in many parts of Ontario

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Ross in the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre analyzing water samples. Credit is: Steven Hargreaves

Environment

A marine mammal toxicologist weighs in on the microplastics crisis

Peter Ross, vice-president of research at Ocean Wise, explains his work on marine microplastic pollution and why we all have a role to play in combating it 

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Wildlife

Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean

Sound is an integral part of a beluga’s life, so the quality of the underwater acoustic environment is very important for the health and survival of belugas

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sea star disease the blob

Environment

2019 was the warmest year on record for the world’s oceans. What does that mean for Canada?

Acidification, disruptions to food webs among the biggest concerns for ocean scientists

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Wildlife

Canada on track to protect 10 per cent of its oceans by 2020

Government is committed to using science to determine what areas of Canada’s oceans will be selected for protection, says Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo

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Wildlife

Investing in Canada’s biodiversity: Federal government funds $2M for wildlife conservation in Kootenay region of British Columbia

The steps being made are towards Canada’s goal of 25 per cent protection of land and ocean by 2025

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Maritime ringlet - a Canadian endemic found in only a few populations around the Baie des Chaleurs and Gaspesie.

Environment

Thinking big to conserve small but important species

Through the Key Biodiversity Areas program, rare, endemic and underappreciated species are finally getting their due as important components of their ecosystems

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Travel

The spell of the Yukon 

An insider’s account of the modern-day gold rush

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Environment

The sixth extinction

The planet is in the midst of drastic biodiversity loss that some experts think may be the next great species die-off. How did we get here and what can be done about it?

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Photo courtesy: Bottom Time Diving

Environment

Underwater statues help protect Brockville-area shipwrecks from diver damage

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people pull debris from ocean

Environment

Small ship tourism saving B.C. beaches with marine debris cleanup

In the first week of cleanup activities, more than 26 tons of marine debris was pulled from the ocean

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Minister Catherine McKenna hosting Canada’s first town hall on climate change

Environment

Catherine McKenna talks climate change

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change discusses Canada's energy mix, wildlife conservation and personal carbon emissions

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Exploration

Why cave exploration matters

2022 is the International Year of Caves and Karst. Here’s why you should care about the hidden worlds beneath our feet.

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The Saskatchewan Delta. (Photo: Garth Lenz/Canadian Geographic)

Travel

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

How the CBFA's big-picture plan for Saskatchewan works, and why it matters

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Canyon on Hart River in the Peel Watershed region

Environment

Peel Watershed problems

Reaction to the decision to open more than half of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed region to development

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Environment

Reaction to the decision to open more than half of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed region to development

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Montréal is taking great strides to reinforce its image as the “most bike-friendly” city in North America

Environment

Clean commute

Canada's largest cities are paving the way for more eco-conscious commuting choices

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Environment

A wildfire expert on the nuances of wildfire fighting

Fire detection, forecasting, management — and how decisions are made

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Bald eagle, nest, environment, science, scientist, Besnard Lake, Saskatchewan, Jon Gerrard, Elston Dzus

Wildlife

This 50-year study revolutionizes our understanding of bald eagles

Jon Gerrard and Elston Dzus lead a now 50-year study of a thriving population of bald eagles in northern boreal Saskatchewan. Here they talk about the longevity of the research, key discoveries, the challenges of climbing trees and more.

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Environment

Canadian seahorse expert wins leading animal conservation prize

UBC prof Amanda Vincent won the $250,000 Indianapolis Prize for her work on ocean conservation

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Wildlife

Marine mammals at risk as blooms of toxic algae expand northward

Researchers are concerned that climate change could mean prolonged toxic algae blooms are 'the new normal.'

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Kids

Elementary students find their sea legs with Canadian Coast Guard’s educational pilot program

The Adopt a Ship program took kids on a virtual behind-the-scenes tour with Coast Guard crews and staff

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scientist in lab coat looking at microscope slide

Wildlife

Negative tests for microplastics a positive for marine mammals in eastern Canadian Arctic

No microplastics found in 142 examined seals

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Environment

Oceans can be restored in the next 30 years, scientists say

Study outlines five actions to boost ocean productivity and biodiversity by 2050

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