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climate change

Environment

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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Prince Leopold Island migratory bird sanctuary, nunavut, sea ice, Arctic

Environment

It’s time to listen to the Inuit on climate change

Because temperatures in the Arctic are rising faster than anywhere else in the world, we must look to the experiences of Inuit as a harbinger of what is to come — and seek their guidance on how to live sustainably

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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 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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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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People & Culture

Wildlife

Wildlife

Bees’ ability to fight fungal infections compromised

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Environment

Science & Tech

Travel

One of 11 monolithic churches in Ethiopia chiseled entirely out of rock

Travel

Ten curious facts about world heritage beyond Canada’s borders

Trivia nut Heather Yundt uncovers some of the lesser known, yet compelling curiosities of UNESCO's past and present global icons

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New Orleans

Travel

Exploring New Orleans

Exploring the distinct neighbourhoods of the Big Easy

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Travel

10 sites to tour at Doors Open Ottawa this weekend

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Parkwood Estate in Ottawa, Ont

Travel

One City: Oshawa, Ontario

Explore Canada’s car culture, tour one of the country’s last great estates and catch a rainbow trout

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Travel

A tribute to Chester, Nova Scotia 

Explorer and author Sir Christopher Ondaatje escapes each summer to the shores of Nova Scotia. This is his tribute to Chester.

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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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Dead Reckoning by Ken McGoogan cover woodcut Ebierbing

Exploration

New book introduces the unsung heroes of Arctic exploration

Author Ken McGoogan says his latest book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, is the "more inclusive narrative of Arctic exploration" that the 21st century demands 

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Mount Saint Helens viewed from the Johnston Ridge Observatory (C Stenner Photo)

Exploration

What Canada can learn from the eruption of Mount St. Helens

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens exploded in the largest volcanic disaster ever recorded in the United States. Forty years later, work continues to understand the eruption and its aftermath — with some surprising Canadian connections.

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Mapping

Mapping calorie consumption by country

While the United States served up enough daily calories per capita to keep it in the red, it was surprisingly Austria that topped the list with 3,769 calories.

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Colleen Cardinal Cree Indigenous rights activist 60s Scoop survivor

Mapping

Interview: Mapping the displacement of 60s Scoop adoptees

Indigenous rights activist and 60s Scoop survivor Colleen Cardinal discusses her project to map the Indigenous adoptee diaspora

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Dawson City's old swimming pool

People & Culture

New film explores history of Dawson City through lost footage

Director Bill Morrison discusses Dawson City: Frozen in Time and the bizarre story of the Dawson City film collection 

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Rosalynn Carter, Arthur Milnes, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and RCGS CEO John Geiger

People & Culture

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded Lawrence J. Burpee medal

Medal honours the former President's role in expanding the U.S. national parks system and work with Habitat for Humanity

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Bubblegum pink coral

Environment

Summer expeditions aim to unlock secrets of the deep Atlantic Ocean

First of two summer expeditions that will livestream deep-ocean exploration set off for Gulf of Maine today

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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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Infographic: Alissa Dicaire

Wildlife

Infographic: Cicadas to emerge after 17 years underground

After spending the past 17 years underground, a brood of cicadas will soon emerge en masse in the northeastern United States.

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Illustration by Guy Parsons

Environment

Canada’s dirty secret

Canada leads the developed world in per capita production of garbage. What’s behind our nation’s wasteful ways? 

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Josiah Henson, log cabin, Ontario, historic site

People & Culture

A new understanding of Uncle Tom

Heather Greenwood Davis visits Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden, Ont., to learn more about the contentious inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic, Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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A female pronghorn with her twins on the Canadian prairie. The species is hailed as a conservation success story, but its future is uncertain. (Photo: Sandra Forbes)

People & Culture

For the love of pronghorns

The story of a biologist’s lifelong study of an endangered species — and its future

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Arctic tern on Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick

Wildlife

Should we kill one bird to save another?

On New Brunswick’s Machias Seal Island, predatory gulls are pushing endangered Arctic tern colonies to the brink, creating a dilemma for wildlife managers

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Empty highway 401 Toronto

People & Culture

The world’s population is probably going to decline. Here’s what that means for Canada

The authors of a provocative new book, Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline, explain why statisticians have it wrong when it comes to population trends 

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The Chaudiere Falls in Ottawa

Science & Tech

Canada’s hydroelectric potential

Canada has about 160,000 megawatts of untapped hydro power. How can we access it?

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Wildlife

Monarch population rebounds in Mexico

North America’s monarch butterfly population has more than tripled in Mexico this winter, despite reaching dangerously low numbers in the past

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Dark-eyed junco

Environment

Great Backyard Bird Count sees record participation in 2016

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Environment

B.C.’s forestry future

It’s saplings vs. climate change, ‘Survivor’ style

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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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History

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Ada Blackjack and the Canadian invasion of Russia

A century ago, a strange drama played out on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic. The hero of this tale? A 23-year-old Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack

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Jacob Burnley, Spencer Zhao and Kyle Richardson represented Canada at the National Geographic World Championship

Kids

Team Canada’s showdown in St. Petersburg 

The behind-the-scenes story of how Team Canada captured the silver medal in a thrilling tiebreaker at the 2013 National Geographic World Championship

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Wildlife

Ross’s Goose could be deemed overabundant

Ross’s geese are causing ecological damage in the Arctic after a dramatic population increase

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Fishermen aboard the Marion Michelle on Osoyoos Lake set out their nets for sockeye salmon

Wildlife

The return of sockeye salmon

A project to bring more sockeye salmon back to Osoyoos Lake, B.C. is showing encouraging results

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An aurora dances in the night sky

Science & Tech

Solar to the max

For scientists and northern lights rubberneckers, 2013 promises to be a once-in-a-decade opportunity to experience the sun’s magnetic power at its height.

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The focus of North America’s first natural resource stampede, beaver pelts attracted legions of traders

Wildlife

Rethinking the beaver

Has there ever been a national symbol more loathed or misunderstood? Has there ever been a more important time for the beaver to flourish?

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The concrete canoe team of the Université de Laval placed second among 250 participating universities at the National Concrete Canoe Competition in Nevada, Reno in June 201

Science & Tech

Will it float?

A Q&A with concrete-canoe-building engineers

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Photo: Katherine Jaschewski

People & Culture

A safe space on stage

How theatre is helping Central American women cope with the perils of migrating to the United States

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Science & Tech

Perrin Beatty on the future of Canada’s energy mix

How has Ontario's green energy shift affected the province? What have been the effects of oil prices' decline in Canada? Perrin Beatty weighs in.

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Photo: Monarch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis. (Photo: Wesley Pitts/CG Photo Club)

Wildlife

Monarch grounds grow in Mexico, but species still struggles

Here’s the good news about monarch butterflies: the area of its wintering grounds in Mexico in December 2014 increased by 69 per cent compared to December 2013.

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Mapping

Global geography trivia

Think you know more about the world than than a Canadian Geographic Challenge contestant?

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Wildlife

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative: 20 years later

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Wildlife

Monarch butterflies struggle to survive with loss of milkweed food source

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Wildlife

Amphibians threatened by non-native fish and climate change

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Wildlife

Ontario introduces new legislation to halt invasive species invasion

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Environment

Geography word of the week: butte

Buttes are common across western Canada and the United States.

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Environment

New show features Canadian tornado chasers

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Virtual water, hamburger, environment, beef

Environment

The water you eat

A massive amount of ‘virtual water’ is moving around regions and crossing borders in our food and other products

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Fishing for Asian carp

Wildlife

Cracking down on carp

The threat this fish poses to the Great Lakes

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Arctic Frontiers conference 2019

Environment

Five key takeaways from the Arctic Frontiers conference

The uncertainty and change that's currently disrupting the region dominated the annual meeting's agenda

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Wildlife

Canadian researchers uncover surprises through fish DNA analysis

One thing researchers weren't expecting to find: yellow perch cannabalism

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A woman stands alone looking out over an empty prairie under a cloudy blue sky

Places

Guardians of the grasslands

How conservationists and ranchers in Saskatchewan are working to slow the loss of an endangered ecosystem

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Dundas street sign with stop light and stop sign

People & Culture

Renaming places: how Canada is reexamining the map

The history behind the Dundas name change and how Canadians are reckoning with place name changes across the country — from streets to provinces

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A ship sails through the water against an orange sky

People & Culture

10 photos of the West Coast wildfires from the Can Geo photo community

See the impact of the West Coast wildfires through the lenses of our Can Geo photo community 

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People & Culture

More than just a game: Iroquois Nationals fight for inclusion in the 2022 World Games

Despite being the originators of lacrosse, the Haudenosaunee people are facing hurdles to have their sovereignty recognized on the international sports stage

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Cover of Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport and author Janice Forsyth

People & Culture

Tom Longboat, Indigenous self-determination and discrimination in sport

A new book remembers famed the Onondaga distance runner and explores how Canada uses sport to police Indigenous bodies and identities

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Science & Tech

Five ways drones are being used for good

Unmanned aerial vehicles are controversial; we explore their pros and cons

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