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polar bear hunting in melt ponds

Wildlife

Most polar bear attacks on people occur when bears are starving, study finds

Researchers suggest effects of climate change could increase number of attacks, which historically have been low

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Many Colville Lake locals spend their time in and around trapping cabins, preparing the pelts they’ve collected.

People & Culture

Traditional trapping in the North

Once a traditional way of life across Canada, trapping survives and even thrives in communities throughout the North, including Colville Lake, N.W.T.

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Wildlife

How citizen scientists solved a migration mystery

No one knew golden eagles in the Yukon and Alaska migrated along the Rockies’ front ranges, until an avid birder noticed something strange

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The grand prize winner of the 2018 Wildlife Photography of the Year competition, an eastern coyote crossing a road, by Brittany Crossman

People & Culture

Announcing the winners of the 2018 Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition

The best of the best images of Canadian wildlife from the annual competition hosted by Canadian Geographic in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature

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People & Culture

12 Canadian photographers share the nature they love

We asked some of Canada’s most accomplished photographers why they dedicate their time to capturing images of nature. Here’s what they said.

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Wildlife

Ederney Gonzales, one of the people who discovered Red Rockette

Wildlife

Tracking sea turtles

International grassroots organizations unite over turtle conservation

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Exploration

A bridge of ice

Ken Hedges of the 1968-69 British Trans Arctic Expedition reflects on the perilous and ground-breaking journey

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The truth about polar bears

Depending on whom you ask, the North’s sentinel species is either on the edge of extinction or an environmental success story. An in-depth look at the complicated, contradictory and controversial science behind the sound bites

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Canadian Geographic Photographer-in-Residence Michelle Valberg appointed to Order of Canada

Valberg was recognized for her photography and philanthropy raising awareness of Canada’s North

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Red Couch Tour launch event Ottawa Museum of Nature Ela Kinowska Mona Fortier

People & Culture

Red Couch Tour to collect stories of Canadians

Project aims to create a film archive of Canadians' views about themselves and their country throughout the sesquicentennial

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North Atlantic right whale in Gulf

Wildlife

Federal government announces new measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Following a deadly summer for the endangered whales, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is tightening regulations for crab fishers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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The glass-paned front of 50 Sussex Drive reflects the last rays of sunset

People & Culture

Welcome to 50 Sussex, Canada’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration

The new headquarters of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is transforming the way the 90-year-old organization carries out its mandate

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Leach's storm petrels fly above rough sea

Wildlife

Walrus watching, sleepy bats and lost petrels

Plus: protecting Canada’s caribou and the struggle of the black spruce

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Exploration

Sunniva Sorby’s Arctic isolation

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Sunniva Sorby spent two winters living in total isolation on the Norwegian Arctic island of Svalbard to raise awareness of the massive impact climate change is having on our polar regions

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History

Operation Husky: Reflections on a forgotten story

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Mapping

Mapping the future of sustainable agriculture

This online map platform displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world

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Mapping

Mapping Arctic corridors

The Pew Charitable Trusts suggests shipping corridors in the Arctic that could be classified by level of risk

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Mass of floating seaweed with bits of plastic stuck in it, in the ocean

Environment

How companies and communities are fighting the problem of plastic pollution

Fast food chains, municipalities and even Ikea have recently pledged to phase out single-use plastics 

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Science & Tech

Inside your smartphone: analyzing the rare-earth elements

How so-called rare earth elements are powering our modern tech — and where to find them

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Satellite image showing smoke from Amazon fires blowing over Brazil on August 20, 2019

Environment

Fires are burning in the Amazon rainforest. Here’s what you need to know

Fire activity in the Brazilian Amazon surged this week; here are some key things to know about the situation

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Wildlife

“Whale superhighway” map marks World Whale Day

Plus: Marathon hare migrations, increasingly efficient wolves, wandering basking sharks and homemaking bees

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weather and climate in Svalbard

Kids

Hearts in the Ice: Weather and Climate

From sea ice to ocean currents, Svalbard has a unique yet fragile environment that may look very different as climate change shifts weather patterns

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Two caribou silhouetted against a dark, rainy landscape

Wildlife

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

After more than a million years on Earth, the caribou is under threat of global extinction. The precipitous decline of the once mighty herds is a tragedy that is hard to watch — and even harder to reverse.

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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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Science & Tech

Testing, testing: Inuit hunters and scientists work together to ensure walrus meat safe to eat

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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 artificial intelligence can help crisis managers respond during extreme weather events

Artificial intelligence combines with social-media analysis to inform first responders and scientists

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Fishing boat on the shore of Spitsbergen, Svalbard

Science & Tech

Hearts in the Ice: History and culture

From coal mining to scientific research, the remote archipelago of Svalbard has a rich and complex heritage

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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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Bamsebu cabin in Svalbard, Norway

Science & Tech

Q&A: How isolation in the remote High Arctic can have valuable lessons for our changing world

Adventurers Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Fålun Strøm, founders of Hearts in the Ice, return to Svalbard, Norway, for a second overwintering to build on their citizen science work

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The pumpjack is an iconic symbol of oil in the West.

Science & Tech

13+ things you didn’t know about energy

Massive oilfields, huge offshore rigs, high-tech refineries, colossal dams, sprawling wind farms — how much do you really know about BIG power in Canada?

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polar bear mother and her young cub

Kids

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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Cover of new book ICE, with author photo of Klaus Dodds

Environment

The meaning of ice

In his new book, Klaus Dodds delves into the fascinating natural and cultural history of ice

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Humpback whale in the broughton archipelago, bc

Wildlife

Giants of the Broughtons

Whales are beginning to return to B.C. waters — but will they find a safe haven?

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Wildlife

Bison to return to Banff National Park

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Wildlife

Shark tag finds its way home

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Wildlife

Managing the white-tailed deer population

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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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Wildlife

On the Rock, waiting for the roll

Writer Stephen Smith takes to Newfoundland’s shores in his quest to see the ‘capelin roll’ — the spawning spectacle of a tiny fish with a massive ecological, historical and cultural impact

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Wildlife

Video of the week: Newfoundland ‘bar for birds’ welcomes new patrons

A YouTube livestream broadcasts the antics of the birds to an adoring global audience

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Wildlife

Photos: Bear witness

Celebrating a springtime ritual of polar bear cubs emerging from the dens of Manitoba's famed Wapusk National Park

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Environment

Fleece clothing major contributor of microplastics in water

Every time a fleece jacket is washed, about 2,000 fibres end up in the wastewater that’s produced

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Environment

Joe MacInnis on climate change challenges

The renowned underwater explorer talks about his experience navigating the depths of an angry Mother Ocean

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Environment

How breeding bottom feeders will help revolutionize fish farming

New Brunswick-bred sea cucumbers and urchins could soon be used to help clean up fish farms

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Environment

The Middle Seat Manifesto

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Travel

The Glacier Guide

Six ways to explore these icy wonders

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Henry Larsen

Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Geographic feats

Part of our roundup of Canada’s greatest explorers, these nine explorers made significant crossings of land and water, often in daring or ingenious fashion

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Carbon print showing Robert Falcon Scott in 1911, a year before his death

Exploration

Four famous Brits who helped establish their country’s reputation for exploration

Here's why the adventures of Irvine and Mallory, Scott and Whymper are as well-known as their tragedies

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People & Culture

Canadians share their love for museums with selfies

#MuseumSelfie trended on Twitter January 20th as people the world over shared their snaps.

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People & Culture

Photographing Toronto’s diversity

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People & Culture

Trans Canada Trail and AccessNow unite: New partnership creates greater accessibility

Canadian Paralympians and Para athletes join the mission to increase trail accessibility across Canada

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George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal, San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, climate change, ocean conservation

People & Culture

George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal

Museum expert recognized for transformative work in cultural institutions and leadership on the ambitious Bay Ecotarium project in San Francisco

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Heinrich Scherer's 1702 chart of the North Pole

People & Culture

Why the North Pole matters: An important history of challenges and global fascination

In this essay, noted geologist and geophysicist Fred Roots explores the significance of the symbolic point at the top of the world. He submitted it to Canadian Geographic just before his death in October 2016 at age 93.

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couple observes a waterfall in Yoho National Park

People & Culture

Canada ranked 7th happiest country in the world

Canada outperforms all other G7 nations in new happiness ranking 

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Still from Living with Giants

People & Culture

Five documentaries that highlight geography at Hot Docs

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People & Culture

Five newly digitized Indigenous archival records

Viewers can help Library and Archives Canada transcribe archival documents by clicking “Contribute” below each record

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People & Culture

Daniel’s Arctic Circle Kitchen leads to a Manifesto on Food Sovereignty

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People & Culture

A historic passage

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People & Culture

New Land Expedition: Fun facts

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People & Culture

Backgrounder: the Arctic Council

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People & Culture

New Land Expedition: Off the ice

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People & Culture

New Land Expedition: Summing up the adventure

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