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A retrogressive thaw slump on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island

Environment

The big thaw

Arctic permafrost is thawing. What does that mean for the North — and the rest of us? 

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Coral bleaching at Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, February 2016

Environment

Study finds marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense

New Canadian research suggests marine ecosystems are quite literally in hot water as the global climate warms

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Shelley Ball with a chinstrap penguin in Antarctica

Science & Tech

How the Homeward Bound expedition program is empowering women in science

As a biologist and photographer, I had long hoped to visit Antarctica — but this journey was much more than a travel dream fulfilled

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teachers caring for students sick with the Spanish Flu

History

The outbreak and its aftermath

The little-known story of the 1918 Spanish Flu and how we're preparing for the next great pandemic

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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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People & Culture

People & Culture

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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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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People & Culture

Heartwarming tweets showcase dedication of Canada Post

Canada Post says they can often make delivery magic happen, even when address information is incomplete

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People & Culture

Excerpt from Taking a Break from Saving the World

Taking a Break from Saving the World chronicles an activist's journey from burnout to balance

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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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Articles

Mapping

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Mapping

This stunning interactive map shows globalization like you’ve never seen before

Explore the major communication, transportation and energy lines that connect the world

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Exploration

Canada’s 90 Greatest Explorers: Crucial communication

Part of our roundup of Canada’s 90 greatest explorers, these 15 explorers harnessed the power of storytelling to inspire others to discover and care for our world

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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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Mapping

Opinion: Nature didn’t drop this bomb. We dropped it on nature

The SARS outbreak of 2003 showed us the consequences of environmental degradation and the commodification of wild animals. Why hasn’t anything changed? 

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The New York Times COVID-19 map

Mapping

Mapping COVID-19: How maps make us feel

Canadian Geographic cartographer Chris Brackley continues his exploration of how the world is charting the COVID-19 pandemic, this time looking at how artistic choices inform our reactions to different maps

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climate change landscapes across canada

Environment

Photos: How climate change is transforming Canada

From floods to fires, drought to coastal erosion, climate change is already having an impact on Canada's communities, landscapes and wildlife

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People & Culture

Geography Gifts 101

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Environment

How much warmer than normal was your city in 2015?

Now there's a way to visualize exactly what a record warm year globally meant in your city

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Photo courtesy Mads Peter Heide Jorgensen

Science & Tech

How could a warming Arctic affect bowhead whales?

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Science & Tech

How an inventive Canadian experiment is exploring the possible effects of climate change in the Arctic

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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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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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Mapping

64% of global agricultural land at risk of pesticide pollution

Asia and Europe revealed as having regions at high-risk of pesticide pollution

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Mapping

New mangrove forest mapping tool puts conservation in reach of coastal communities

Mangroves provide a range of benefits, including protection from storms and the prevention of coastal erosion

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Photo: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons

Environment

Global air pollution on the rise, reports WHO

Overall, the world's urban air is getting dirtier. But Canada's city skies are among the cleanest in terms of particular matter

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Environment

What lies beneath: Ghost gear in our oceans

Ghost gear — lost or abandoned fishing gear — is a major problem in our oceans, but renewed efforts are underway to clean it up

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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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Environment

The health of the Fraser River

Follow the team of specialists diagnosing the ills of British Columbia’s Fraser River

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Photo: Jill Heinerth

Environment

Why water conservation should be a global priority

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polar bear cub wapusk national park

Environment

Canadian photographer wins international award for heartwarming image

Daisy Gilardini was awarded the 2016 Grand Prize in the Nature’s Best Photography for her image featuring a mother polar bear with cubs

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Puffin sitting on cliffside surrounded by mountains.

Wildlife

Excerpt: On Time and Water

A look at how global warming impacts foundational conditions for entire ecosystems

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Environment

Video of the week: Siberian ground bubbling from trapped methane

Thawing permafrost is making the ground bouncy… and very dangerous

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Wildlife

Best National Bird Project essays

Do you want one of these four birds to become Canada’s national bird?

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Kendra MacDonald speaks in front of Canadian, Norwegian and RCGS flags

Science & Tech

Canada’s oceans in the spotlight: Nurturing the blue economy while lessening the impacts of climate heating

Part 6 of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster: A six-part series

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Mapping

New map highlights global problem of light pollution

Light pollution can have devastating effects on humans and wildlife

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Future farming frontiers, agriculture, climate change

Environment

Canada could gain 4.2 million square kilometres of agricultural land as a result of climate change

Global agricultural landmass could increase by one-third within the next century, with boreal Canada and Russia set to gain the most arable ground. But what might the environmental and social consquences be?

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Environment

Four things to know about Arctic policy and sustainable ocean management in Canada and Norway

The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society teamed up for two days of talks on the future of the Arctic and the “blue economy” in Norway and Canada

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Environment

Microplastics’ contribution to melting snow: A global crisis

Research aims to reevaluate microplastic pollution’s impact on the climate

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Environment

9 ocean stories to mark the UN Decade of Ocean Science

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science kicks off Feb. 3, 2021

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Kids

Meeting the Challenge!

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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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This map, produced in conjunction with a global climate change study, shows global warming is disproportionately affecting the Arctic

Mapping

Climate change disproportionately affects the Arctic

The Arctic has generally experienced temperature increases of 4 to 6 C compared to the global average of 1 C.

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Mapping

Interactive map shows global air pollution in realtime

'World Air Map' shows us exactly what we're breathing in at any given moment in major cities around the world.

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Mapping

First global map of hidden groundwater vs. Canada’s supply

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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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Nigel Hussey prepares to tag a Greenland shark in Scott Inlet in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Steven Fields)

Science & Tech

Following Greenland Sharks in Canada’s Arctic

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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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Temperature data from four international science institutions

Environment

Is climate change linked to geomagnetism?

Crackpot theory or viable explanation?

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Environment

No mountain high enough

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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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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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ice chunks near glacier

Science & Tech

Hearts in the Ice: Climate change in our polar regions

A warmer, wetter, and wilder climate is unbalancing the Arctic ecosystem

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Best Canadian Geographic maps 2019

Mapping

Canadian Geographic’s best maps of 2019

Cartographic highlights from Canadian Geographic’s 2019 issues

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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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Mapping

Map Monday – Logging transparency reaches new level

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Wildlife

Plankton thought to be extinct has come back to life

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Mapping

A plastic pandemic: The results of COVID-19 PPE pollution

The mismanagement of personal protective equipment waste is contributing to environmental degradation

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Mapping

COVID-19 vaccine might require compounds from shark liver

Squalene, a compound found in shark liver oil, is a common ingredient used in vaccines to boost the body’s immune response 

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A radio transmitter is attached to a northern saw-whet owl (brooksi subspecies) near the community of Skidegate in Haida Gwaii, B.C., in 2010. The species is unique to the archipelago and was listed as threatened in the latest COSEWIC assessment of endangered wildlife.

Wildlife

Five things you may have missed in the latest COSEWIC assessment

Whether it's lampreys on Vancouver Island or a rare moth on the Prairies, the latest assessment from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada provides a snapshot of the nation's fragile and fascinating species

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Wildlife

‘Wake up call’: WWF Living Planet Report says species at risk populations have declined by half

Report’s author says more needs to be done to stop a global extinction crisis

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